'"Draw"' is an inadequate way to describe what the Lions did here. They stopped one point short of a miracle.' Daily Telegraph
Warren Gatland's In the Line of Fire is the ultimate chronicle of this summer's remarkable Lions tour to New Zealand - home of the fearsome All Blacks, the double world champions - which culminated in an historic and nerve-shredding series draw.
The book is the Head Coach's candid record of the perspiration and inspiration, the withering ferocity,and the turbulent peaks and troughs which go hand-in-hand with one of sport's toughest challenges.
It gives rugby fans an unparalleled front-row seat with the squad and coaching team during every facet of preparing for and executing a successful tour on the opposite side of the planet, recounting intriguing details on everything from pre-tour planning and strategy, to on-tour experiences, analysis and decision-making.
It all adds up to a thrillingly definitive exposition and post-mortem of a mind-blowing six weeks in the cauldron which forged the mighty All Blacks.
|Publisher:||Headline Book Publishing, Limited|
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About the Author
Born in Hamilton, New Zealand, in 1963, Warren Gatland played rugby for the provincial side Waikato for eight years, and made 17 non-international appearances for the All Blacks, before turning to coaching. He was the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions squad which recorded an epic and thrilling Test series draw against the mighty All Blacks in 2017. The result was the first time the Lions had not lost a series in New Zealand since 1971. Gatland also led the Lions on their triumphant tour of Australia in 2013, and he served as Assistant Coach on the 2009 tour of South Africa. He has been Head Coach of Wales since 2007, and in that time the Welsh have won three Grand Slams and the Six Nations four times. During his career, Gatland has also coached Connacht and the Irish national team, as well as Wasps.
Table of Contents
1 Waikato Kid Tames Lions 8
2 Mutiny On The Buses 16
3 The Big Call 24
4 'We Really are in This Together' 37
5 Injuries, Training Camps and Farewells 62
6 Land of the Long White Cloud 72
7 Baa-Baas Not So Sheepish 80
8 A Dose of the Blues 93
9 'Don't Worry Gats, We've Got Your Sack' 108
10 A Highlander Low 119
11 Family Time-Out 134
12 Job Done 144
13 Back to My Roots 159
14 Let's Be Bold 177
15 Gountdown 187
16 The Agony 195
17 Hurricanes and Storm Clouds 209
18 The Geography Six 225
19 Lei's Get Physical 232
20 The Ecstasy 242
21 Downtime 259
22 The In-Between 276
23 That was the Tour That Was 295