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In rugby, there are the Flash Harrys and the Glory Boys: the fly-halves who run, kick and dazzle; the scrum-halves who nip and dart; the wingers who step and glide. These are the players who get the crowd on their feet, who set stadiums abuzz.

But they only get to do these things because other, less glorified figures do all of the donkey work. Adam Jones is one such figure. And for a decade he was one of the world's best.

On many occasions when George North or Shane Williams were careering under the posts to score a try, and the crowd was engulfed in rapturous joy, Adam Jones would be hauling himself up from the turf, spitting blood and mud, and massaging his aching neck. He hadn't scored the try; but more often than not it was his graft and strength which had made it.

This is the story of 'Bomb': the self-effacing manual labourer from the Swansea Valley who traded laying paving slabs for running out in some of the world's most imposing sporting citadels. He rose to the pinnacle of his sport, winning virtually everything there was to be won: Grand Slams, Six Nations Championships, Lions tours, Pro12 titles.

In a nation of rugby heroes, Adam Jones has become a legend. Only six Welshmen can say they've won three Grand Slams. He is one of them: not just as a bit-part player, but as the beating heart of the most successful squad in Welsh rugby history. His was one of the first names on the team sheet. He was – literally and metaphorically – the cornerstone of this Welsh side.

In his autobiography, Jones reveals exactly what goes on in the murky depths of the front row: the tricks, the techniques, the physical and psychological warfare; and the mental fortitude it takes to endure in one of the hardest positions, in one of the world's toughest contact sports.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8901 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 Sept. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V3KJZ4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Endearingly honest and well written

 on 4 October 2015
By Brawnybalboa
Adam Jones (known affectionately a Bomb) by his teammates is a legend of rugby union. Alongside being one of the greatest tight head props of all time, he was an instantly recognisable cult hero in Welsh rugby, as much due to his curly locks as his destructive scrummaging. His glittering career includes 3 Grand Slams, 2 Lions tours, 3 Rugby World Cups, 4 Pro 12 titles and an Anglo Welsh Cup.

Great rugby read from a humble and thoroughly decent man.

 on 22 June 2016
By Martin C.
Only really read this because one of my closest friends recently met Adam Jones and described how he had never learned so much about rugby in so short a time as he had from ‘Bomb’.

Thoroughly enjoyed.

 on 5 September 2017
By Mojoreader
One of the most enjoyable, informative & emotionally charged autobiographical books that I have ever read. Bomb leaves no punches unfilled, in his brutally honest telling of how he was left to lick his wounds, after the most ignominious dumping from a cup winning team, as the best tight head in the world. A bloody good read. I lost count how many times my legs went dead after spending far to long on the toilet, under the guise of taking a dump. I was left walking like Douglas Barder by the time I had finished. Couldn’t put the book down.

A great read!

 on 25 January 2018
By Phil
Adam Jones lifts the lid on life in the front row union. Great book and demonstrates just what these guys put themselves through in every scrum, every hit. Just like Jason Leonard’s book, you really get an appreciation of the techniques involved in locking and disrupting the scrum. A great buy for a player just starting out in their local youth team that shows you can still have fun whilst being ultra professional…. loved it!

Rising to the top in Welsh Rugby

 on 28 January 2016
By Terry Jones UK
I really enjoyed this book having played many years ago rugby in the region where Adam Jones came from. It was good to learn how he was able to rise through the system of South Wales to the very top namely; Wales and the Lions. Perhaps the most illuminating narration was the intensity of training he and others had to endure. His first hand experiences of the formation of the regions of Rugby in Wales was interesting, if not a bit sad the way such key persons as Lyn Jones were treated despite they having put in place the glue for the regions to work. His description of the art of the scrum in the days of the hit were very informative. Despite the very poor way he was treated on the ending of his career at the Ospreys and Wales, it is good to learn that he is being very much appreciated by a major London Rugby club. Wales’s loss their gain.

A real eye opener!

 on 28 February 2018
By chrisjfiesta
It’s rare to read such an honest account, and it was a revealing insight into some of the games more unpleasant features. Adam Jones is one of our greatest rugby players who was a pleasure to watch, but even more seems to be a very big man indeed. Thanks for everything Adam.

Bomb rules

 on 16 September 2015
By The Doctor46
Great read from a very human and humble player who was an icon. A real change from the cliches these books are full of. An abercrave boy done good.

A must for rugby fans

 on 15 September 2015
By stan
The most enjoyable rugby autobiography I have read and I’ve read many. Honest, thoughtful and funny. Thanks Bomb. Top man!

An excellent read

 on 5 December 2015
By reader
A really good and frank sporting autobiography. refreshingly, unlike many such books this book covers some of the mistakes and lows as well as the successes and highs of Adam’s career. It is well written and really gets into the intricacies of the dark arts that are front row play. An excellent book for anybody interested in rugby irrespective of national affiliations.

Good man and good book.

 on 23 June 2017
By S.Thistlewood
Bomb is a superior sports biography. Adam Jones comes across as honest, sensitive and passionate. I learned a lot about scrummaging techniques and Adam’s insights into rugby personalities still at the top of the game are very interesting. He also brings a good sense of humour to his story.
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