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Loose Head: Confessions of an (un)professional rugby player Paperback – 29 April 2021
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE TELEGRAPH RUGBY BOOK OF THE YEAR
The truth about being a rugby player from the horsey's mouth.
This book is not just about how a psychiatrist called Humphrey helped me get back on my horse and clippity-clop all the way to the World Cup semi-final in Japan.
It's the story of how a fat kid who had to live up to the nickname Psycho grew up to play and party for over a decade with rugby's greatest pros and live weird and wonderful moments both in and out of the scrum.
That's why I'm letting you read my diary on my weirdest days. You never know what you're going to get with me.
From being locked in a police cell to singing Adele on Jonathan Ross (I'll let you decide which is worse), being kissed by a murderer on the number 51 bus to drug tests where clipboard-wielding men hover inches away from my naked genitalia, melting opponents in rucks, winning tackles, and generally losing blood, sweat and ears in the name of the great sport of rugby.
This is how (not) to be a rugby player.
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A rollicking book covering everything from rituals to red mist, nudity to nicknames ― Rubgy World
About the Author
- Publisher : Ebury Press (29 April 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529107539
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529107531
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.29 x 19.69 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought this book after hearing a discussion on Radio 5 Live with Marler. Well done the agent for geting such a good chat going. But all those chapters about silly nicknames, childish pranks, hairstyles and aftershave, boorish drunkenness from start to finish, naked wrestling, flicking towels at genitals, smelly scrums - oh dear, the list is endless of stuff that grown up professional players should have left behind, but justify as pranks surviving from the good old amateur days.
It's a great read and makes sense of a few things - the hair, the AWJ 'nut tickle', the Archbishop of Canterbury on a space-hopper covered in mayonnaise*
Humorous, entertaining and insightful, it's difficult to put down. Nice one, Mr Marler Sir!
* I might have made that bit up...
Rugby biographies tend to be follow the same theme and that's a good thing. They're funny, they're insightful, they're sometimes a bit sad but they generally leave the reader entertained.
Marler is round the bend, in a good way, he's been a belting player for England and Quins and has plenty left in the tank if he wants to go on (and we hope he does) I'm a Leicester fan and was there when Joe and Marcos Ayertza had a cuddle (his first sending off) he always gets a good reception from the Welford Road terrace and I reckon we love him as much as the snoots at the Stoop ;)
I'm a Quins fan, rugby and and I met Joe Market briefly purchase a couple of seasons ago.
This book is well written, funny in parts, moving in others, especially when he opens up about his 'demons'. Brutally honest, hilarious and great fun to read it gives the reader a good insight into the life of a professional rugby player.
Give it a go - you won't be disappointed.
Well done Joe
Those reviewers who describe it a childish are posh boys who never played in the scrum nor enjoyed the camaraderie of rugby its ceremonies and initiations and the nuances therein
Mental heath sections are a warning to all who attain the highest levels in sports
Funny, honest and immensely endearing. I would heartily recommend it.