Rainbow Warrior

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In this updated edition of his bestselling autobiography, the ex-captain of South Africa and current coach of Saracens, looks back on an eventful career in rugby union and offers his compelling views on the future of the game post-World Cup 1999. His is a fascinating story of a tough Afrikaans upbringing -- how his unique brand of fighting spirit and unquenchable ambition saw him gain, against all odds, the captaincy of his country in Test rugby. In his book he describes in detail the professional era -- that defining period in the history of the game -- and how he was ostracised by the South African board as he negotiated contracts for his players. How did Pienaar influence political and cultural change in South Africa? What are his views on the change from amateurism to professionalism in the sport, both in this country and overseas? Where does he see rugby heading in the new millennium? These and other powerful themes are addressed by Francois Pienaar in his hard-hitting and thought-provoking book, specially updated with Pienaar's first-hand account of the 1999 World Cup and its repercussions on the sport.

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FRANCOIS PIENAAR was born in Port Elizabeth in 1967. He made his international debut for South Africa against France in 1993 as captain and went on to win more than 30 caps for his country. In 1997 he came over to England to become player-coach at Saracens. EDWARD GRIFFITHS is a prominent South African journalist based in this country. His has written books with Zola Budd, Kitch Christie and Jonty Rhodes.

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" It is a tour de force" Mail on Sunday "A remarkable story" The Times "A vital addition to the collection of any Springbok fan" South Africa Times

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