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    Rala A Life in Rugby

    Did anyone get this book, looks like it might be an interesting read

    http://www.thescore.ie/rala-book-ire...45674-Oct2013/

    #2
    Originally posted by PARISHMAN1970 View Post
    Did anyone get this book, looks like it might be an interesting read

    http://www.thescore.ie/rala-book-ire...45674-Oct2013/
    All the best to him with it, but not a book for me. Cant see how it would be interesting. He is the kit man for the Irish team and also the lions, but I cant see how you would make a book out of that.

    Don't get me wrong, I would bite the hand off him to get that job in the morning, but I wouldn't be interested in reading 200 pages about him having the craic with Heaslip.

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      #3
      Originally posted by stringerbell View Post
      All the best to him with it, but not a book for me. Cant see how it would be interesting. He is the kit man for the Irish team and also the lions, but I cant see how you would make a book out of that.

      Don't get me wrong, I would bite the hand off him to get that job in the morning, but I wouldn't be interested in reading 200 pages about him having the craic with Heaslip.
      The man did not spend the last 15 years + in the bowels of stadiums counting Shorts, socks and Jerseys 24/7. The man has met and socialised with some of the greats of the game. Been on Lions tours, world cups, Barbarians tours.

      It's a view of rugby from a completely different side of the fence to the players/ ex coaches view. You can be damn sure Rala was privy to some roastings in changing rooms overtime aswell as celebrations, been privy to the ups and downs of individual players careers etc.

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        #4
        I would be quite interested in reading it for pretty much all the reasons Burgers just stated,
        would also love to have his job...
        Hip Flasks at the ready, double for a Stringer ankle tap!

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          #5
          Originally posted by Burgers View Post
          The man did not spend the last 15 years + in the bowels of stadiums counting Shorts, socks and Jerseys 24/7. The man has met and socialised with some of the greats of the game. Been on Lions tours, world cups, Barbarians tours.

          It's a view of rugby from a completely different side of the fence to the players/ ex coaches view. You can be damn sure Rala was privy to some roastings in changing rooms overtime aswell as celebrations, been privy to the ups and downs of individual players careers etc.
          Sure have a read of it and let us know how it is... Not sure of what kind of detail he gives away, but for me it doesn't feel right to read stories about changing room secrets unless it is coming from the players/coaches themselves.

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            #6
            Had a quick glance at it yesterday as , it is full of stories from both himself and contributions from players as well. It seems himself and the claw are great buddies he often stays with the claw when down in this part of the world, one great story is that when claw was in the squad he would serve claw coffee in bed with a packet of fags on the tray to get claw going in the morning but the main thing coming from the bits i read is that the players respect him and as the claw said they always had the craic / messing with him but if anyone stepped over the line or disrespected rala they had to answer to the claw and he hoped the current squad treated him with the same respect as previous ones did.

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              #7
              I'd sooner buy and read Rala's book than many of the players books that are out there.

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                #8
                Originally posted by stringerbell View Post
                Sure have a read of it and let us know how it is... Not sure of what kind of detail he gives away, but for me it doesn't feel right to read stories about changing room secrets unless it is coming from the players/coaches themselves.
                Which hardly ever happens from Irish players...doubt Rala would be much different to Mick Byrne in soccer. Stringer's one might be a bit different, hopefully.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Paddy Whac View Post
                  I'd sooner buy and read Rala's book than many of the players books that are out there.

                  I agree with you. Don't like any biography coming out half way through career.

                  Wait till you are at the end and then look back.

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                    #10
                    Nice short ITV piece on Rala here:

                    http://www.itv.com/rugbyworldcup/vid...of-irish-rugby
                    "I don't believe in fairytales," O'Connell once told me, "even though it feels like I've been lucky enough to live through a few. However it ends, I'll feel lucky."
                    Donald McRae, Guardian Rugby, October 2015

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