Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 6, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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WINNER OF THE 2010 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE. 

Brian Moore, or 'Pitbull' as he came to be known during nearly a decade at the heart of the England rugby team's pack, established himself as one of the game's original hard men at a time when rugby was still an amateur sport. Since his retirement, he has earned a reputation as an equally uncompromising commentator, never afraid to tell it as he sees it and lash out at the money men and professionals that have made rugby into such a different beast.

Yet, for all his bullishness on and off the pitch, there also appears a more unconventional, complicated side to the man. A solicitor by trade, Moore's love of fine wine, career experience as a manicurist and preference for reading Shakespeare in the dressing room before games, mark him out as anything but the stereotypical rugby player and in Beware of the Dog Moore lays open with astounding frankness the shocking events, both personal and professional, that have gone towards shaping him over the years.

Presenting an unparalleled insight into the mind of one of British rugby's greatest players and characters, Beware of the Dog is a uniquely engaging and upfront sporting memoir, and a deserved winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize.
 

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I didn't start watching Rugby until the early 00's and only know Brian Moore through passing reference and, mostly, through his commentary on BBC where he became an instant favourite of my because he ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
The Field Trip
My Family
Schooldays
Old Crossleyans Roundhay and My Year
Nottingham University
A Legal Career
Nottingham
Failures No Longer The 1991 Grand Slam
We Lost What Else Is There to Say? Rugby World Cup 1991
More of the Same Please Grand Slam 1992 Five Nations 1993 Lions 1993
All Change 1995 Five Nations and Rugby World
Rugby Becomes Professional
Wanking and Dyeing Ones Hair Richmond RFC and Retirement
Soho Politics and Transsexuals
You Talk Rubbish Commentating and the

The Road to My First
An English Revolution
The Start of Something Big Five Nations Championships 19879
Rugby Goes Global The First Rugby World Cup 1987
One of the Others The Lions Tour to Australia 1989
and All That
Harlequin
Writing Wine and World Cup Finals
The Demise of the Scrum and a Testament to Daniel James
Letting
The View from Wimbledon Common
Acknowledgements
Index
Copyright

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Brian Moore won 64 caps for the England rugby team between 1987 and 1995. He played in three Rugby World Cups and won the Grand Slam in 1991, 1992 and 1995. He went on two British Lions tours. Originally a qualified solicitor, he writes for the Daily Telegraph, broadcasts on talkSPORT radio and is a co-commentator for international rugby matches alongside Eddie Butler on BBC TV.

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