Ireland Rugby Fly Half Tony Ward


Ward’s career was marked by a series of highs and lows. Including his controversial exclusion from the 1977 Lions tour of New Zealand. And his dramatic comeback in the 1978 Five Nations Championship. Where he led Ireland to a famous victory over England. Ward an incredible sportsman, also played football for both Shamrock Rovers and Limerick United. In his last season with Rovers in 1974/75 he scored 6 goals.

Tony Ward Hailed at the new George Best

Tony Ward’s story is a tragedy of a sporting career unfulfilled. Hailed by the Irish media as the new George Best of rugby. Following his pivotal performance in Munster’s stunning 12-0 win over the mighty touring All-Blacks. Which in itself is one of the all-time greatest Irish sporting successes. Ward became a giant of Irish sport. His surge to fame portrayed him as Ireland’s next glamour boy. Twelve feet tall and adored by the public.

But this dazzling beginning culminating in winning his first international cap for Ireland would then be subsequently blighted by internal feuds with the powers. With the IRFU and lasted right up until his retirement.

Ireland Rugby Revelations

Now, for the first time. Ward reveals in depth (including official correspondence with the IRFU) the shocking events that took place. The nature of the game at the time allowed certain elements within the ruling body to have a negative impact on his burgeoning career. A career that ended with just nineteen caps. But which rugby people across the world admitted should have been far in excess of that.

Exceptionally written by former Ireland Rugby Fly Half Tony Ward

His beautiful articulacy and insights. Which has made him one of the foremost journalists writing about rugby today. Also, come to the fore in this riveting memoir of his career. But it is his revelations which will leave you shaking your head. And wondering just how this could have happened. In telling his story fully for the first time. Tony Ward dearly hopes that his experience will serve as a warning to all sporting authorities. Everywhere that the natural skill, talent, and potential of developing young sports stars will never again be mismanaged. Or confidence submerged in such a callous and uncaring way.

Incredible Skills of a Fly Half

Throughout his career, Ward was known for his incredible skills as a fly-half. Also, his ability to read the game and control the tempo of a match. In “Twelve Feet Tall,” he shares his insights into the art of kicking. In addition, the importance of mental preparation, and the challenges of leading a team at the highest level.

More than a Memoir Book on Ireland Rugby Fly Half

But this book is more than just a sports memoir. Ward also opens up about his personal life. Including his struggles with depression. Also, with honesty and courage. He shares the highs and lows of his life. And offers a message of hope and resilience to readers facing their own challenges.

Written with the help of journalist and author Tom English, “Twelve Feet Tall” is a compelling and deeply personal account of one of Ireland’s greatest rugby players. Whether you’re a fan of rugby or simply a lover of great stories. This book is not to be missed.

Where to buy?

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