As the most capped Springbok rugby player ever, Victor Matfield is a national hero who transcends rugby provincialism and has fans across the world. His rugby exploits and achievements are numerous: he was an instrumental part of the team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup, he helped win two Tri Nations tournaments for the Boks, he has lifted the Super 14 trophy three times with the Bulls and he has enjoyed Currie Cup glory. In his much-anticipated autobiography, he opens up about his life, from growing up as a shy boy in Pietersburg to moving to Pretoria, where he had to learn the hard way about dealing with the pleasures of life as a talented young rugby player. He talks frankly about his issues with coaches, including his mentor Heyneke Meyer and Jake White, who once tried to physically attack him. Victor also deals with Kamp Staaldraad and other controversies; the challenges rugby poses to his personal life and the sacrifices inherent in the life of a professional sportsman.
In this Rugby World Cup year, this is undoubtedly the one book every rugby fan will want to read. Current and up to date: covers Victor s career from when he was an under-eight barefoot player to the conclusion of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
It is an absorbing, behind-the-scenes account of a world very few people are privy to, and reveals the hard ons he learnt in business, and how people even friends have exploited his fame to make a quick buck."