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What a Flanker

Narrated by: James Haskell
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (705 ratings)

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Summary

‘I’d like to be remembered as a player who showed that you can be incredibly professional but also a lot of fun - a bit of a tit in the changing room, but the ultimate competitor on the pitch. That should have been the subtitle of this book, really....’

One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary, global experience of the game, having played for the Lions, Wasps, England and in New Zealand, France and Japan. After 17 years and with 77 international caps under his sizeable belt, he has a shitload to say about rugby life - from pitch to pub and everywhere in between.

In What a Flanker, Haskell sheds fresh light on the dynamics and the day-to-day of the game. Whether he’s recalling the most brutal team socials; dispelling the myths surrounding New Zealand’s dominance; introducing his Japanese teammates to manscaping or calling out play-acting in the modern game, no subject is off limits.

Side-splittingly funny and ruthlessly honest, What a Flanker delves into the touring, drinking, training, eating and sometimes unconscionable antics of the professional rugby player. It’s an unforgettable listen, even if there are some stories you’d rather forget....

©2020 James Haskell (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Hilarious, and straight talking but also articulate and insightful - I am just hugely fond of this guy." (Eddie Jones)

"I’d like to be remembered as a player who showed that you can be incredibly professional but also a lot of fun – a bit of a joker in the changing room, but the ultimate competitor on the pitch. That should have been the subtitle of this book, really...." (Rugby World)

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Not delivered with enthusiasm like the podcast.

Solid content with some laugh out loud moments but Hask's reading does get a bit robotic at times...but he did decide to read it out himself so fair play.

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Must listen for any rugby fan

Had me laughing every 5 minutes, highly recommend this to anyone who has followed England rugby and Haskell in the last 15 + years 👌🏻

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Inspirational

An honest and heart felt recounter from a true professional and a world class Flanker.

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Perfect balance

A great, great listen. Humour. Life advice. Great stories of headcases but also brutal honesty of human frailties. Lots of life lessons.

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Legend

Good honest book and actually wrote by the person which was refreshing, 100% recommend giving it a go 👍

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Entertaining & illuminating

Love him or hate him, he certainly has some story to tell. And tell it he does, brilliantly. Was hooked from start to finish. One of the game’s, and life’s good guys and a pleasure to listen to!

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Warning do not listen to this book whilst driving!

I had tears rolling down my cheeks whilst driving my car to work, this is great as an audio book as James is telling his own stories and it just makes it in to a fantastic listen that will have you laughing constantly.

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A great read / listen.

I really enjoyed this book, having been a fan of James during his playing days I have been looking forward to listening to this, and I wasn’t disappointed. It is well narrated by James, I’ll be honest I was a bit worried when I saw he would be reading it, I kind of thought (sorry James) that I’d hear his finger dragging along the page as he read, but that’s very much not the case and, in fact, it would have lost something had another person been asked to narrate. Good on you for all things you’ve achieved James and all the best in whatever comes next!

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Fat Prop Recovery Read

During sleepless nights post ACL Reconstruction I've finished this excellent, amusing real life rugby story

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I did enjoy from beginning to end

Was great to hear James read it himself, great insights to his life. Only rubgy autobiography I listened so far so don't know how to compere it but James reading himself was great. To be honest I didn't realise he felt people had such a veiw bad of him, I never did and enjoyed the book. Great insight into a real great England Rugby player. And I love rugby and James haskell you are a legend in my eyes. Respect

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  • jeremy kunkes
  • 04-10-20

Rugby players must read

Haskell's rugby and life tales keep you entertained for the complete listen. If you enjoy the podcast James Haskell host and is apart of you will enjoy the listen. Some of Haskell's stories brought me back to university and my rugby experience and found some of the stories relatable.

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  • 03-10-20

Haskell, you legend

Amazing story. Thank you for sharing your journey. I hope you and the boys will be in SA next year for the B&I Lions Tour