Richie McCaw has rightly taken his place at the top of tree – the greatest flanker ever to He has always said that he will do just one book and now is that time. 9 Oct The Open Side delves into the inner McCaw, the defining events and As a participant in three Rugby World Cups, Richie describes the agony. Richie McCaw The Open Side for sale on Trade Me, New Zealand’s #1 auction and classifieds website.

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I think that autobiographies of any top sportsmen are worth reading and Richie McCaw’s story is similar to other sporting greats in how he has dedicated himself to his passion. Feb 06, Ivan tye it did not like it. In The Open Side, he reveals his passions and motivations, on and off the field. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Open Side

It was a good story, about him especially about his family and friends. An old family friend described this as the best rugby book he’d ever read. Apr 09, Princethetics rated it it was amazing. McGee also treats the readers as intelligent adults. While I do not normally read biographies I had to read this one, given my vivid memories of the RWC and my overwhelming relief when it was over.

Two things would have made a huge difference to this book. Details about McCaw’s life are weaved into what happens in that four year period although there are very few personal revelations. Share on Reddit reddit. Want to Read saving…. Most sentences began with the letter I. With snippets of Richie’s early playing rugby career, the book focuses on the psychological and physical journey Richie undertakes in assessing the All Blacks down fall in to be part of the winning team in ensuring the lessons have been learn t, and including his playing for the Crusaders.

Captain of the All Blacks sincehe is the face of rugby in New Zealand and one of our best-known and most admired figures. Keno rated it it was amazing Dec 19, I was interested to read an autobiography about Richie McCaw because I enjoy all things rugby so I didn’t think it would be too much of a hard read.


Nov 04, Hisandherpages rated it it was amazing. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the game and wants a little inspiration for hard work and dedication.

Me, not so much. The book tells the story of the four years beginning in the dismay of the quarter final defeat at Cardiff and what it took to find the light: I am also a bit sad that I cannot sidd reading as I’m sure the next four years in the build up to World Cup will be a true journey also and where Richie should gain his second captain’s Cup Winning medal.

So the last section of the book, after the converted French try has meant the fourth-choice New Zealand fly-half’s penalty has left them only one point ahead, ramps up the tension to an agaonising degree. Not currently available on the kindle as an amazon. Phill rated it really liked it May 17, Last updated Thu 19 Nov Leave a Reply Cancel reply. To ask other readers questions about The Real McCawplease sign up.

He treats the people in his book as humans, not villains, and is just as likely to point the finger at himself as anyone else. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Loved reading this book. The intensity of his focus is incredible. May 28, Kellie rated it it was amazing. I felt i as a kiwi i had to read it in order to understand the background to that emotional time.

Customer Reviews Great read, great All Black. The book is full of insight into his mind and playing patterns with chapters detailing almost minute by minute game accounts which is good if your heavily into rugby play and tactics although at times I found it a bit heavy to read.

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The first section of the book is “writer’s note” and it is not Richie writing it, so I don’t know why it is not called This is an example of one of the best biographies of a sportsman. Oct 13, Wayne Palmer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is a gripping autobiography, in part because it’s bookended by two dramatic events – the shock Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat of the favourites New Zealand by France when they seemed to be cruising into the last four and the Final in New Zealand when the once-more favourites clung on to achieve their only RWC Final victory since I felt it was my duty as a kiwi to read it in order to understand the background to that emotional time.


Nov 15, Wesley Gerrard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 23, Deran Hewavitharane rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see the sport of rugby from Richie’s eyes is a great honour and from his youth days to his super 12 club days to the test matches for the All Blacks, culminating in the winning RWC final inthe description of the matches are truly intriguing.

Share via email email. He doesn’t slander anyone but describes frustration in certain situations, which I find very decent of him considering some of those situations!

McCaw’s story in this respect is quite inspirational. And for those that live beyond our shores, it is a way of getting a look into the mxcaw that kiwis call rugby.

I will admit, you need to be a rugby tragic to really enjoy this on. Secondly, how many punches need to be pulled in order to keep their careers sustainable with coaches and teammates? You won’t last in this jersey if you’re not prepared to do the things you need to do to fill it”.

The Open Side one of the best written New Zealand sports biographies in many years. However, as far as learning about ‘rugby Richie’, it was an interesting read.

This opeb not one of the great sports books, but it is a fitting tribute to McCaw and a valuable addition to the bookshelves of rugby followers.

Be calm when I talk to him.