Wendell: Crossing Over

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ABC Books, 2003 - Rugby League football - 222 pages
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Wendell Sailor's move to rugby union was easily Australia'a biggest rugby story in 2002. So intense was the public's interest in him that, according to a media survey, Sailor made the news three times more often than even Wallaby captain George Gregan. Clearly, the most charismatic figure in rugby league had become the most charismatic figure in union. Yet despite all the publicity, despite the thousands of words written and broadcast about him, the inside story of Sailor's astonishinjg decision to switch codes has remained untold ... until now.Here, at last, that story is told by the only person able to tell it -- Sailor himself. It is an account of how Sailor was first drawn to union, how his league colleagues tried to persuade him to stay, and how he agonised over his decision to go. It is an account of the culture shock he found on coming to rugby, of the immense pressure of the public's expectations of him, of the ups and downs of a dramatic first season and of the eventual triumph of donning a Wallaby jersey and becoming a dual international. Sailor also reveals controversial views on the question of race in sport and on the future of the two rugby codes.

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