All Blacks Rugby Captain Tana Umaga. The Ellis Rugby Book preview. By Author Paul Thomas the autobiography of Tana Umaga. Up Close.

Author – All Blacks Rugby Captain Tana Umaga. Up Close – Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas has authored the autobiographies of former New Zealand cricket captain and coach of India John Wright. In addition, All Black legend John Kirwan. And former All Black coach John Hart.

His 2003 book A Whole New Ball Game examined the myths and realities of New Zealand rugby in the professional era. Also, he has also written six novels. Including the ground-breaking trilogy of New Zealand-based crime novels Old School Tie. Plus, Inside Dope and Guerrilla Season. And a collection of short stories. His weekly column appears in the New Zealand Herald’s ‘Weekend’ edition.

All Blacks Rugby Captain Tana Umaga sought a career in Rugby League

All Black Rugby Captain Tana Umaga has been an enigma: high profile yet deeply private. A flamboyant entertainer with a warrior spirit. An exemplary professional with an independent streak.
Moreover, his autobiography. We see Tana Umaga up close for the first time. As he tells his amazing story. The son of Samoan immigrants who came to New Zealand in search of a better life for their children. The sometimes wayward Wainuiomata boy who aspired to a career in rugby league. The dynamic individualist who became a world-class midfielder. A true team man. And the first Pacific Islander to captain the All Blacks.

Opens up on his struggles and the Brian O’Driscoll incident

The man who has always preferred to do his talking on the field now opens up. On his extraordinary and eventful career. Also, he reveals his struggles on and off the field. And tells the real story behind events that have been the subject of feverish speculation. Such as the true extent of the injury which kept him out of the 2003 World Cup.

And the Brian O’Driscoll incident which made him the target of an unprecedented media campaign.

Behind the scenes with Graham Henry’s All Blacks team

Also, for the first time. We go inside Graham Henry’s All Blacks for an insight into the methods and philosophies. That underpinned the no-stone-unturned quest to win the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
Candid, humorous, and compelling. This is the inside story of one of the most admired and inspirational All Blacks of the’ modern era. This is Tana Umaga as you’ve never seen him before. Up close and personal.

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