Sam Warburton on Open Side
Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby legend Sam Warburton talks about his revealing new autobiography, 'Open Side'.
The Times and The Sunday Times Forum, Cheltenham
Friday 4th October, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
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About the Event
Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby legend Sam Warburton talks about his revealing new autobiography, Open Side.
In Open Side, the titan of Welsh rugby reflects on a career that pushed him to the edge of his physiological and mental limits. He discusses successful leadership, the torment of injury and the pain of retirement.
About the Book
Publication date:19 Sep 2019
`A terrific book. No one put their body on the line quite like Sam Warburton.' Brian O'Driscoll `It was an absolute privilege to play against Sam. An inspiring leader with an equally inspiring story to tell.' Jonny Wilkinson Sam Warburton OBE was not only a titan of Welsh rugby, but an icon of the game. Having represented his country as a player and team captain at all junior levels, he propelled himself to international attention in 2011 when named as the youngest ever captain of Wales for the Rugby World Cup. Despite his tender age, Sam's immense displays for club and country were recognised still further in April 2013, when, at just 24, he was named the Lions' captain for the extraordinary 2013 tour to Australia. Four years later, after a year `in the wilderness', Sam was named Lions' captain yet again for the historic tour to New Zealand, thereby becoming the first ever Lions Captain never to lose a series in the professional era. Intelligent, calm, thoughtful - in many ways seemingly the exact opposite of the smash and crash of modern rugby - Warburton's edge never came with his size, but with his depth of thought, his reading of movement, and his understanding that, to be a uniquely successful leader, one needs to set goals that far exceed the ambitions of even the most ferocious of opponents. In leading other men, and in pitting himself against the world's best, Warburton was forced repeatedly to push himself to the very edge of his physiological and mental limits, the 21 significant injuries over that period a painful testament to his sacrifice.