Lawrence Dallaglio: More Blood, Sweat and Beers
Lawrence Dallaglio, David Trick
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In More Blood, Sweat and Beers, World Cup-winning rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio shares his favourite stories from his time at International rugby's greatest tournament. With razor-sharp wit and good humour he lets the reader behind the closed doors of the tournament, to see what happens on and off the pitch when the cameras aren't looking.
All the great names are here - Blanco, Lomu and Pienaar among them - and in his time Dallaglio has shared pints or blows (or both) with them all and has lived to tell the stories.
Funny, frank and fully loaded with quick-fire banter these are the best of the best tales of the legends of the International stage.
losing much sleep over the potential risk. The words “fastest” and “Jason Leonard” rarely come together. By the end of Tim’s international career he had amassed eighty caps for Australia scoring 140 points. ‘He made an impact from his very first game in 1989 against New Zealand, when he impressed his opposite number, Joe Stanley, so much that Stanley gave Tim his Test jersey and told him to keep his own as it was his first. In 1994 his career nearly ended with a horrific knee injury in the Super
cost me a fortune. Will looked at the screen on his phone and clearly recognised the number. ‘Excuse me guys, this is an important phone call, I’ll have to take it,’ he said as he walked away. Jerry was left with us and in his own special way, raised an eyebrow and said, ‘That’ll be Diana. Again . . . ’ I have no idea if the call was from the princess or not, but Jerry assured us it had been quite a regular occurrence during the tournament. In fact to make us feel better he said Will had left a
or what they did. They arrived back at the team hotel in the small hours and we met at 10.00 a.m. in the team room. Looking into their eyes it was obvious they had not spent the night in Annie’s Tea Room or indeed the local spa. We talked for no longer than five minutes, and as the room quickly filled with the stale fumes of a good night out, it was clear to me they had formed a ‘brotherhood’. What you need to understand is that prior to 1995, during the apartheid regime, our ‘Test match’ arena
historical run-through, there is one other snippet I’d like to share, something I’ve only found out about recently. It concerns the World Cup whistle. It seems that the first game of every World Cup to date has been started by the same whistle. The whistle is over 100 years old and bears an inscription saying it was used by Gil Evans in the Test match between New Zealand and England in December 1905, a match the All Blacks won 15–0. This piece of rugby history is also believed to have been used
another seventy-nine minutes of f****** agony to look forward to, my babber.” ‘Ronnie’s England breakthrough came when he succeeded Brian Moore in November 1995, for the visit of world champions South Africa to Twickenham. He became the first player to make his England debut in the professional era of rugby union (incidentally I was the second Englishman to make his debut in the professional era when I came off the bench to win my first cap in the same game). He went on to gain forty-six caps,