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Publisher's Summary

Voted Rugby Book of the Year at the 2018 Sports Book Awards.

Wrecking Ball is a captivating and humorous memoir by Billy Vunipola, one of the stars of England's recent rugby renaissance, and will be enjoyed by those who have read the recent autobiographies by Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O'Driscoll, Dan Carter and Paul O'Connell.

Standing at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing almost 20 stone, Billy is a rampaging and unmissable presence on the rugby pitch, for both club and country. 

Wrecking Ball is his captivating story so far, chronicling his remarkable personal odyssey of 10,000 miles, from the tiny Tongan village of Longo Longo to the imposing vastness of Twickenham.

Join Billy on his journey from the year-round sunshine of Tonga to the bitter cold of a British winter, from his favourite Pontypool kebab shop to finding himself eating broccoli for breakfast, and from carefree childhood games in the middle of the Pacific to the serious business of playing professional rugby in Europe. 

Wrecking Ball is a wonderfully eccentric and witty book, written with bags of charm. It captures Billy's colourful family and upbringing, and creates a rounded and fascinating portrait of a young man finding his feet as a modern English rugby player.

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  • Nigel Pigdon
  • 03-31-18

Sorry - not for me

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I love rugby, Billy is a fantastic player and am sure his story is very interesting but I do not believe his writing skills match up. I tried hard but gave up after a couple of chapters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-18-18

What a little twat Billy was

What a read I loved this book
(Sweet) one Billy? Can't wait for the next half of your life

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  • Tim P.
  • 11-14-17

Very funny, but a bit all over the place

For rugby and Billy fans everywhere; much funnier than I thought it would be, some very serious and sad moments but on the whole very enjoyable understanding of his life growing up across 3 countries and a great job by the narrator.

Only negatives for me are it’s very much centred on a mans school life rather than the here and now, but also the storyline switches between time periods so much I feel it was hastily written while Billy was injured and away from the Lions tour.

Billy commenting in the press on Sean O’Brien’s comments about tour coaches when he wasn’t even there, but on book release date also didn’t sit well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-17

Brilliant

This is one of the best books I’ve listened to and has really helped me as currently going through some injury’s...

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