• Loose Head

  • Confessions of an (Un)Professional Rugby Player
  • By: Joe Marler
  • Narrated by: Joe Marler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

The unfiltered truth about being a rugby player - from the horsey's mouth.

This book is not just about how I got back on my horse and went clippity-clop all the way to the World Cup final in Japan.

It's the story of how a fat kid who had to live up to the nickname Psycho grew up to play (and party) for over a decade with rugby's greatest pros. 

From just about surviving the equivalent of 30 car crashes a game and crooning Adele for team spirit, to extensive field notes on the smell of the Scrum and the fine art of on-pitch relief. Then there's rugby's secret naked wrestling scene and how it was exposed.

In my world, you never know how the ball will bounce....

©2020 Joe Marler (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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That was a struggle to finish. I decided to chose this book as I liked Joe's podcast that he has started. This however was tired and sadly pretty shallow except for the mental health chapter. If you have listened to various rugby podcasts you would have heard the majority if the "crazy" rugby stories being rehashed over and again. Bit disappointed as it felt like another one of these books.

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Amazing storytelling!

I wasn't familiar with Joe Marler besides his impressive playing as an england prop. This story is touchingly raw and honest, but even more, well told and funny. Listening to his voice doing aaalll the accents is hilarious and had me and my husband howling at parts. It feels like spending a night in his company. Awesome read! Highly recommended!

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Excellent!

Absolutely loved it. Funny, charming, inspiring, and keeps you wanting more. So glad I gave this one a try, and that it is read by the man himself. Please write another!!

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Top Drawer

A fantastic read (or listen). I can relate to many of the topics included, outside of the whole elite, world class rugby player thing. Thanks, Joe!

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I loved this!

This book was wonderful! Maybe because I was a prop in college I knew what to expect - but this book was exactly what I expected. Disappointed it got so many poor reviews. Joe does a great job reading it too!

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Absolute killer

I've always searched for a rugby book that was inspiring and Joe marler killed it. This book made me love the game more, but also look at myself as a person. His honesty of personal hardships is a eye opener, and makes me want to do better for myself, not only as a person but as a player and a dad.

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Storytelling that made me laugh out loud.

If you like rugby even a little bit, listen to this book. Joe's stories and voice-overs were often the highlight of my day. Incredibly honest, vulnerable and insightful.

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Thanks Joe!

Absolutley loved it.
The audio version was great and being an American I would not have had the same experience had I read it myself.

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Changed my mind completely

As a dedicated Welsh fan, I have always disliked Joe Marler. However, after listening to Joe tell his story in such an engaging, funny, and even touching way, I dislike him a lot less. I even like his voice. He did a great job narrating the book. I highly recommend this book to any sport fan, but especially any rugby fan.

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  • Chris
  • 12-01-20

Really enjoyed this book.

I pre ordered this book the same time as James Haskells and listened to James Haskells first and was worried I wouldn't be able to follow that with this book. I really enjoyed this book and think it is well worth a read. again if you are into rugby you will enjoy this book. fair play Joe!!

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  • welshboop
  • 05-19-22

What a book...

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Joe's story about his life and rugby. Not only is it inspiring but very relatable.
I personally come from a small town in Wales and as expected rugby is the focus of the community. To hear Joe talk of his struggle/love of the sport reminded me of some young lads I Know. what a brave man to be the change and speak of mental health as he does.
Welldone Joe, the book is excellent and welldone Daisey for being the Queen you are. x

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  • ShaunG
  • 05-19-22

belly laughs and head wobbles

amazing insight into a wonderful character ❤ thank you for sharing hour story Joe Marler

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  • Morney
  • 05-19-22

Great book

Loved it, thanks Joe. As a rugby player and front rower myself. I could relate to his love of rugby. I really enjoyed it.

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  • J Smurf
  • 05-13-22

Well worth a listen.

Joe Marler tells some great tales, and is open and honest about his struggles. He made me laugh, but also reminded me that no matter how big and strong you are. We all need help sometimes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-22

Mint from start to finish, love this guy!!

Couldn't get enough, really felt his feelings. one of the best biographies, guy can tell a story!!! 👏🤣

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-22

fab book and loved joe reading it too

loved it. Incredible, honest and just a fab read if you love rugby. I loved hearing about the inside of rugby and how honest he was about his mental health and what happens in top level sport. Amazing book and amazing guy!

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  • clifford
  • 05-08-22

child trapped on a man's body

interesting. honest and at times amusing. leaves you with little sympathy for this child trapped in a man's body. balanced as he has a chip on each shoulder.

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  • Gordon Allen
  • 05-05-22

Funny, honest with fab narration

Honest and funny great listen from start to finish , loved it Joe. Thanks "mate"

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  • 05-05-22

Balls

A player known more for helping to set up tries than for scoring them and for knowing his place within the team, rather than attempting to shine as a soccer star might, Joe lifts the lid not only on his life, but on that of the England Squad and his beloved Harlequins. He tells it as he sees it and if you accept that then you'll laugh out loud as I did.

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  • Elliott
  • 03-31-22

Top story from a top bloke.

one of the best most real books I've had the pleasure of listening to. the accents are a mist hear.

thanks Joe for sharing your story

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  • Jordan daly
  • 11-22-21

Great listening

coming from an Irish rugby union fan, this books is great. Joe is a breadth of fresh air and has a very good way of story telling. I throughly enjoyed it and listening to the old days of touring and banter. England are still shit btw

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  • GW A-UK
  • 06-14-21

a cracker of a book.

always a fan of watching Joe play for England and after listening to this book, am more of a fan of Joe the man. a great book, funny, poignant and well read. touches on great topics, not only about rugby but about stuggles as a man, a father and a husband. well worth a listen. brings back great memories of Japan RWC 2019 and my memories of my own trip there as well as the loss soon after of my dad who i shared the trip with. much respect Joe and thanks for sharing all your great and not so great stories.

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  • Hank
  • 06-13-21

Good listen

Enjoyed listening to this. Lots of funny stories behind the games in the locker room during tours. Sometime the F bombs were a bit much but other times played its purpose and was very funny. If you're a UK rugby fan you'll appreciate the local context better than us southern hemisphere rugby fans. But there was enough there for me to understand and appreciate the funny side of life for a rugby player. Recommend.