Talent Is Not Enough

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Random House Australia, Jun 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
Danny Buderus is a record maker in the toughest rugby league competition in the world. The New South Wales captain in every match from 2004-2008, Buderus holds the record for most successive appearances (21) of any NSW State of Origin player as well as most as captain (15). Added to that he was unchallenged as Australia's Test hooker from 2001-06 when he controversially decided to stand down to witness the birth of his wife Kris' first baby. This is not a traditional autobiography tracking the career of the Dally M Medal winner and grand final victor from the Newcastle Knights, but a revealing insight into the pressures, demands and lifestyles of professional rugby league at the highest level. Buderus opens up like never before to take the footy fan behind the scenes - to his traumatic introduction to the captaincy of NSW in 2004, the match that saw Anthony Minichiello and Mark Gasnier sacked for drunken off-field behaviour; to how he endured a level of constant pain and injury that few players could have tolerated; and his views on why the international game needs an overhaul. He gives his views on why players are leaving the grind of the NRL for the English game or rugby union and a best-mate's insight into the game's greatest player Andrew Johns. He lists his most respected opponents, takes the reader into the heart of Origin battles and gives his perspective on the impact of the controversial clean-out of his beloved Newcastle Knights under coach Brian Smith. There is also plenty of humour and emotion and, mostly, genuine motivation for aspiring NRL players from one of the most respected and courageous players the sport has seen.
 

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Contents

Humble beginnings
12
Mentors
23
The aura of Origin
32
Welcome to captaincy
52
Green and gold
67
Changing priorities
80
Take on the world
87
From villains to heroes
93
Life at The Marriott
175
Family ties
184
Menaced by a supermodel
197
The science of NRL football
203
In the public
223
The men in charge
232
12
245
Newcastle Newcastle
248

The pain game
113
Rules and refs
125
Controversial cleanout
134
Unwanted headlines
154
The cap doesnt
165
My mate Joey
256
Aussies abroad My best of the best
282
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Neil Cadigan is a respected rugby league journalist and author. A former editor of Big League magazine, and NSW editor of Rugby League Week, he has also worked as CEO of English club Wakefield and as marketing manager of the Newcastle Knights and Hunter Mariners. A former Australian Sports Writer of the Year, Neil's previous books include the autobiographies of Parramatta legends Ray Price and Bretty Kenny. His last book was The Two of Me, the bestselling autobiography of League's favourite son, Andrew Johns. The Newcastle Knights' Dally M Award winner, Danny Buderus, is a record-maker in the toughest rugby league competition in the world. The NSW captain in every match from 2004-08, he holds the benchmark for the most successive appearances (21) of any NSW Origin player, as well as most as captain (15) and was unchallenged as Australia's Test hooker from 2001-06. He has spent the last season playing for English club, Leeds Rhinos in the UK's Super League.

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