Description - Alfie! by Gareth Thomas
From postman to captain of the British and Irish Lions, Gareth Thomas s story is a remarkable one. Universally known by his nickname Alfie , Thomas has amassed an incredible list of achievements in more than a decade at the top of his sport- in 2005, he racked up not just the Grand Slam but also a Heineken Cup-winner s medal with Toulouse; he stepped into the breach as leader of Sir Clive Woodward s Lions when captain Brian O Driscoll s tour was prematurely ended; and he reached the milestone of 100 caps, the most won by any Wales player, during the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Away from the field, Thomas s experiences have often read like a real-life soap opera. In 2006, a potentially life-threatening neck injury resulted in a mini-stroke that almost ended his career. There was also a French court appearance for alleged affray, the anguish of the saga surrounding Mike Ruddock s controversial departure in 2006 and a Six Nations ban following an altercation with Ulster supporters at a Heineken Cup match. et, amid the highs and lows of a remarkable rugby odyssey, it is Thomas s alternative yet engaging personality that marks him out as a true one-off. Never afraid to speak his mind,
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(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
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Author Biography - Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas was born in 1974 and holds the record for the most appearances for Wales. Delme Parfitt is head of sport content at the South Wales Echo and has previously worked for Wales on Sunday and Westgate Sports Agency.