Based on exclusive interviews with 40 celebrated players, past and present, "Legends of Irish Rugby" is a veritable who's who of the sport. Immortals, such as Jack Kyle, Willie John McBride, Tony Ward, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy and Paul O'Connell bare their souls to reveal themselves as men of vision, passion and dedication - men who, through their glories, disappointments and dramatic deeds, have inspired others to realise their dreams. In this engrossing and entertaining account of the bittersweet history of Irish rugby, these powerful personalities offer startling insights into some of the sport's most controversial moments - from the assault on Ronan O'Gara during the 2001 Lions tour to Gary Ella's tenure as Leinster coach. They also express their opinions on the most important issues facing the game today - from Brian O'Driscoll's hair to the role of the coach and the future of the sport itself. Their take on the times is often as comical as it is insightful. Compelling, informative and humorous, "Legends of Irish Rugby' is by far the most revealing volume yet on one of the country's favourite sports.
John Scally is a lecturer at Trinity College in Dublin. A former journalist and broadcaster, he is the author of 21 books, including Odd-Shaped Balls.