Raging Bull: My Autobiography

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From a pint and a pie to ice baths and deep tissue massages, from Cornish Colts to World Cup final captain, and from qualified cattle inseminator to owner of a sports fashion label, Phil Vickery, a.k.a. “Raging Bull,” has pretty such seen and done it all in life and in rugby, straddling the amateur and professional eras like a bovine colossus. This is the iconic tight-head prop's own incredible story, the tale of a true legend of rugby union; a tough, no-nonsense player who is as fearless and uncompromising on ...

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Overview

From a pint and a pie to ice baths and deep tissue massages, from Cornish Colts to World Cup final captain, and from qualified cattle inseminator to owner of a sports fashion label, Phil Vickery, a.k.a. “Raging Bull,” has pretty such seen and done it all in life and in rugby, straddling the amateur and professional eras like a bovine colossus. This is the iconic tight-head prop's own incredible story, the tale of a true legend of rugby union; a tough, no-nonsense player who is as fearless and uncompromising on the pitch as he is a great raconteur off of it. His career spans amateurism and professionalism, starting in the Cornish countryside and traveling to two World Cup finals and two Lions tours. Vickery is a hugely passionate player. He sports a tattoo which announces “I'll fight you to the death” and has overcome serious injuries (including eight operations) in a career of stunning highs and devastating lows. He plays his sport in the best traditions of rugby and he is a storyteller par excellence. Raging Bull will transport readers to the England front row in Six Nations clashes at Twickenham, to the changing rooms on British Lions tours, and to the bars of many an amateur rugby club. It will remind fans what rugby is really all about—the fun and camaraderie, the passion and commitment, as the former herdsman turned England and Lions star takes you to the heart and soul of the sport he loves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007354214
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Vickery grew up on the family farm in Cornwall before becoming one of Gloucester RFC's most legendary players in an 11-year career at Kingsholm. He now plays his club rugby with Wasps. The 33-year-old is an imposing prop forward who has amassed 75 caps for England in a highly distinguished international career that has taken him to two World Cup finals. He has also played five tests for the British and Irish Lions (in 2001 and 2009) and he was awarded the MBE in 2004. Alison Kervin is the former editor of Rugby World magazine, former rugby editor of the Times, and chief sports interviewer of the Daily Telegraph.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Best Place on Earth 1

Chapter 2 Bucle Heaven 15

Chapter 3 Progressing to Redruth 23

Chapter 4 Gloucester Woes 31

Chapter 5 Turning Pro at Kingsholm 39

Chapter 6 England Calling 51

Chapter 7 'If I had a gun ...' 63

Chapter 8 Yomping with the Royal Marines 73

Chapter 9 The 1999 World Cup 85

Chapter 10 Making a Stand 91

Chapter 11 Lions Roar 103

Chapter 12 Captain Phil And The Argentinians 119

Chapter 13 Club England 133

Chapter 14 2003 World Champions 143

Chapter 15 An Audience With The Queen 159

Chapter 16 Life After Clive 169

Chapter 17 A Bizarre Injury 177

Chapter 18 'Will I Play For England Again?' 183

Chapter 19 Brian Ashton's England 193

Chapter 20 2007 World Cup ... Against All Odds 205

Chapter 21 Winning Wasps 221

Chapter 22 Lions In South Africa 233

Chapter 23 Crashing Down 247

Chapter 24 Pain In The Neck 259

Chapter 25 My Team 273

Index 289

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