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  • Loose Head

  • Confessions of an (Un)Professional Rugby Player
  • Written by: Joe Marler
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  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports
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Brought to you by Penguin.

The unfiltered truth about being a rugby player - from the horsey's mouth.

This book is not just about how I got back on my horse and went clippity-clop all the way to the World Cup 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. 

From just about surviving the equivalent of 30 car crashes a game and crooning Adele for team spirit, to extensive field notes on the smell of the Scrum and the fine art of on-pitch relief. Then there's rugby's secret naked wrestling scene and how it was exposed.

In my world, you never know how the ball will bounce.... 

©2020 Joe Marler (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-21

Amazing storytelling!

I wasn't familiar with Joe Marler besides his impressive playing as an england prop. This story is touchingly raw and honest, but even more, well told and funny. Listening to his voice doing aaalll the accents is hilarious and had me and my husband howling at parts. It feels like spending a night in his company. Awesome read! Highly recommended!

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  • Laura Okruhlik
  • 14-04-21

I loved this!

This book was wonderful! Maybe because I was a prop in college I knew what to expect - but this book was exactly what I expected. Disappointed it got so many poor reviews. Joe does a great job reading it too!

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  • Jacob Torres
  • 26-02-21

Absolute killer

I've always searched for a rugby book that was inspiring and Joe marler killed it. This book made me love the game more, but also look at myself as a person. His honesty of personal hardships is a eye opener, and makes me want to do better for myself, not only as a person but as a player and a dad.

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  • Thugpug888
  • 21-12-20

Storytelling that made me laugh out loud.

If you like rugby even a little bit, listen to this book. Joe's stories and voice-overs were often the highlight of my day. Incredibly honest, vulnerable and insightful.

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  • Richard Brierley
  • 02-11-20

Thanks Joe!

Absolutley loved it.
The audio version was great and being an American I would not have had the same experience had I read it myself.

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  • Del
  • 19-10-20

Changed my mind completely

As a dedicated Welsh fan, I have always disliked Joe Marler. However, after listening to Joe tell his story in such an engaging, funny, and even touching way, I dislike him a lot less. I even like his voice. He did a great job narrating the book. I highly recommend this book to any sport fan, but especially any rugby fan.

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  • Chris
  • 01-12-20

Really enjoyed this book.

I pre ordered this book the same time as James Haskells and listened to James Haskells first and was worried I wouldn't be able to follow that with this book. I really enjoyed this book and think it is well worth a read. again if you are into rugby you will enjoy this book. fair play Joe!!

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  • A. H
  • 14-05-21

Top man

Top man and a really good listen. Nice to hear some behind the scene stories

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  • A Rolland
  • 13-05-21

great story

good yarn for on a lad clearly been through it and happy to tell the tale. very human, very relatable..

recommend it

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  • M
  • 12-05-21

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant, top bloke, this book is both insightful compelling and sad would definitely recommend to anyone who is and is not a fan of rugby

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  • ML
  • 09-05-21

Fantastic Read/listen

Being Welsh, I'd never really taken to Joe, but that was from a pre-conditioned bias. HOWEVER, my opinion is now completely different. What a fantastic bloke and a fantastic book. This is everything I'd want in a rugby biography; an understanding of his path to the top, insight into games and other players, and hilarious stories. In addition to that, he also discusses his own vulnerabilities and difficulties. The fact he narrates the audiobook is the icing on the cake. Brilliant book!

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  • Stu_DHer
  • 30-04-21

Highly entertaining and enlightening

Joe did an awesome job with so many insights, a candid look into rugby world

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  • Rachael Turnbull
  • 29-04-21

exceptional

what an amazing listen. Well done to Joe had everything I was expecting and more.

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  • Gavin
  • 26-04-21

Insightful listen

Really enjoyed this book. An amusing, open and honest insight into the game of Rugby and the labyrinth of Joe Marler's mind!

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  • T R West
  • 22-04-21

Thanks for the honesty Joe

Good insights as to the real cost of professional rugby on body, mind, and spirit.

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  • Benjamin
  • 22-04-21

Brilliant

All his ups, downs, lefts and rights, Joe's account of his career is funny, honest, open, Brilliant!