Tribute to a Great Eight
By Matt Elliott
Bateman - Hardback - RRP $39.99
‘I suppose you could say he was fearless. If you looked at him back then, there wasn’t much to him — he was pretty lanky. He wasn’t the type to get into fights. You can play some pretty rough teams at times around here … but he was more the type to tell the hot-headed guys to pull their heads in.’ — James Fraser, coach of the young Kieran Read.
In an era of some of the greatest All Blacks the game of rugby has ever seen, Kieran Read counts as one of the best. Stepping up to the role of captain in the absence of the legendary Richie McCaw, Kieran Read exhibits a rare blend of leadership, fearlessness and outstanding skills and game smarts on the paddock, and is hugely popular with players, coaches and administrators alike.
Writing on Read’s age-group rugby, right through to captaining the All Blacks and playing in the Rugby World Cup, and including chapters on the Canterbury earthquakes, and Read’s bouts of concussion, Matt Elliott offers a tribute to this world-class number eight for his fans in New Zealand and around the world.
About the author
Matt Elliott is best-known for his award-winning and critically acclaimed book Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War I, based on his grandfather’s wartime diaries. Among other titles, he is also the author of biographies on early All Black Dave Gallaher, and comedian Billy T. James.