《Bran-New + Memoir Of World Rugby Legend On : The Fragility And Meaning of Life + Triumphs And Battles + Recovering And Rebuilding》Michael Lynagh- BLINDSIDED : A Rugby Legend Confronts His Greatest Challenge
This UK The Times bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM83.22. Now here Only at RM16. Former Australian rugby union legend and World Cup winner, now acclaimed television sports pundit, on his glittering career in the game – and how close he came to losing his life. Few players in the history of the game have had as illustrious a career as Wallaby fly-half and captain Michael Lynagh. In an era when Australia took the rugby world by storm with their glittering array of mercurial talent, in chief orchestrator and courageous captain Lynagh they had a pivotal figure at fly-half who shaped their style of play and at the same time played a major ambassadorial role in the world game. Yet fast forward to that April day in 2012, as Lynagh lay partially blinded in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, his life hanging by a thread following a major stroke, his wife and three young boys on the other side of the world. The day that defined the rest of his life. In the waiting room before seeing his stricken son, Lynagh’s father, trained in sports medicine, observes the doctors reviewing a patient’s brain scan. ‘That poor guy’s in a bit of trouble,’ says Lynagh Snr to his wife. It turns out to be their son’s scan that they are witnessing. Lynagh’s story is one of coruscating highs and crippling lows. It’s the personal tale of a sportsman playing to the extremes of his profession, but also a human tale of surviving debilitating trauma and finding a new meaning to life. It's the unthinkable - to be blindsided by a life-threatening illness in the prime of life, with no prior warning. We all hope it doesn't happen, but for some of us, inevitably, life plays out that way. On an April day like any other in 2012 Michael Lynagh - retired rugby great - set for a successful career in commercial property and rugby analysis was suddenly forced to re evaluate everything. While with friends in Brisbane having a relaxed beer or two, a seemingly fit and healthy Lynagh suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He was just forty-eight years old and a father of three young boys. Everything about his life and how he viewed it was about to change. For three days, as his brain swelled to the point of catastrophe, his life hung in the balance. What followed is an inspiring story of recovery, rehabilitation and remembering. Blindsided is a life-affirming memoir about luck, family, mates and rugby; and a timely reminder of how you play the game of life, as much as rugby, matters ... even if you happen to be a Wallaby legend. Michael Lynagh won 72 Test caps and retired from international rugby in 1995 with a world record 911 points scored - a number that remains an Australian record. Not your usual sport book but the story of an ex-rugby player having to come to terms with suddenly being struck down by a stroke at 48 years of age. The title refers to a rugby term used when a player is tackled by someone he didn't see coming and this is how his illness struck him. The book is co-written with Mark Eglinton and provides an insight into Michael's determination to regain his old lifestyle. Rugby Union great Michael Lynagh had plenty of pressure to deal with in his playing years. Conversions and penalty kicks to win crucial games. Busting through All Black, Springbok and, in the case of the 1991 Rugby World Cup final, desperate Irish Arms to score match winning tries. Then there were the demands he placed on himself to prepare and train for the stresses and demons of representing your country as a Wallaby. In April 2012, however, Michael was really under pressure when a burst vertebral artery caused a stroke - as he puts it, 'blindsiding' him. Indeed, it literally did so - he lost the peripheral vision on his left side. And it almost killed him. His neurologist, Rob Henderson, later told him: "you haven't dodged a bullet, you've dodged a great big cannonball. We don't see people survive what happened to you, yet you're sitting here talking to me." Michael continues playing the game of life with family, work, TV commitments and he is still very much involved in the rugby world. And he’s now taken time to reflect, in a new memoir, simply called "Blindsided". About the Author Michael Lynagh, born in Brisbane, represented Australia in rugby union from 1984 to 1995, during which time he was capped 72 times, won the World Cup in 1991, and became the world record points scorer on his retirement. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011, and became a TV analyst for Sky Sports and ITV. Currently he works in commercial property investment in London. He lives in Richmond with his wife and three sons.
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