Stephen Jones: A Thinking Man's Game: My Story by Stephen Jones, Simon Roberts
Since making his national debut in 1998, Stephen Jones has emerged from the shadows of the true greats of Welsh rugby, such as Barry John, Phil Bennett, Jonathan Davies, and Neil Jenkins, to make the fly-half position his own. In this revealing autobiography, he provides a rare insight into the demands and pressures of wearing the almost mythical Number 10 jersey that has such a pre-eminent status in the Welsh psyche. As well as playing an integral role in Wales' two Grand Slam victories, Jones has appeared in three rugby world cups and was part of the 2005 British and Irish Lions squad. He has witnessed first-hand how Welsh rugby establishment has struggled with the transition to professionalism, and in this candid memoir he recounts the many highs he has experienced, as well as the challenges he has faced, throughout his career so far. Jones gives an intriguing account of how he became one of the few Welsh players to play in France, recalling the brutality of the game there and how he became a cult figure amongst fans of Clermont Auvergne, where he was twice voted fly-half of the season. In Stephen Jones: The Autobiography, the Welsh rugby star reveals how his steely resolve, utter determination, and sheer passion for rugby have allowed him bounce back from numerous setbacks to become one of the most popular and respected figures in the game today.