Beaver: The Steve Menzies Story
Steve Menzies has played more games at the top level of Australian rugby league, and scored more tries, than any other forward in history. He is second on the all-time appearance list, within striking distance of the record. Through 16 years at the coalface he has been an exemplary performer; talented and committed on the field, respectful and respected off it.
This book tells the story not just of Steve The Beaver' Menzies, but of the tumultuous period in the game that has seen enormous change. When Beaver started as a teenager back in 1993, it was a simpler game with a more relaxed culture. With the arrival of Super League, big money, suffocating media scrutiny and diminishing club loyalty, rugby league became in many ways a different game altogether.
This book paints the story of Steve Menzies' journey through that change. Of his adaptability and his loyalty to one club. Team mates from Hasler and Toovey to Orofrd and Kennedy, opponents from Fittler and Clyde to Johns and Lockyer. The Beaver' has played with and against the best over two decades. And his partnership with mercurial Cliffy Lyons was legendary.
This is a story of not just matches won and lost, but a picture of the future of a game that has occupied all of Menzies' adult life.
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14 Delayed reaction
15 Champions of my time
16 Home too far away
17 Living on the edge
18 The art of celebrity
19 Ten of the best
20 Grappling with evolution
9 War without end
10 World Cup 1995
11 The coaches
12 Home is where the heart is
21 Now for the real world
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