Unforgettable Rugby - Steve Thompson

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Unforgettable Rugby, dementia and the fight of my life
Steve Thompson



Unforgettable is a powerful, affecting and raw story from one of the true giants
of British rugby

'So powerful. This book might just change the way you think about sport
forever' - Sir Clive Woodward


'As brave as they come' - Gareth Thomas


'I'm in my early forties. There are days when I don't remember the names of my
wife and four kids . . .'


In 2003, England w on the Rugby World Cup. Steve Thompson was in England's
front row , at the heart of the match, and at the heart of the scrum - one of sport's
most violent battlegrounds.
But triumph came at a cost. Today, he remembers nothing about playing in that
final. In his words, watching the tape back is like watching a ghost.
The years of hurt, and the culture of sucking up punishment and coming back for
more, have taken a terrible toll. Steve has been diagnosed with early onset
dementia, and serious progressive brain damage. Steve and his wife Steph had a
happy family life planned, with decades ahead of them. Now he needs to capture
these elusive memories for the sake of his children, before they disappear forever.
With stories contributed by his world-cup w inning teammates and his former
manager, Sir Clive Woodward, Unforgettable is raw , powerful storytelling. This tale
of hope and courage stands as testament to the ultimate strength of the human
mind - and to a man no longer pushing himself to the limit for competition, but for
his ow n place in the world.

Steve w as one of the famous cornerstones of England's historic Rugby World Cup
w inning side of 2003 - he w as beaten only by Jonny Wilkinson to World Player of
the Year.
The explosive article in the Guardian, in which Steve confessed he cannot
remember any of the World Cup, made headlines nationally, and now he leads the
charge in trying to improve and safeguard the game for the hundreds of
thousands who play the game in the UK.
Conversations around head injury in sport may not be new , but they are
becoming deafeningly loud. A documentary about Steve's story w ill air next year
on the BBC, which w e will aim to publish alongside. This will be the book to kick
the door in on sport's most urgent issue.
The book will have a foreword from teammate Ben Cohen, and contributions from
fellow World Cup w inners including Jonny Wilkinson, Phil Vickery, Matt Daw son,
and Lew is Moody, plus coach Sir Clive Woodward, sharing their memories.
Sincere Rugby books are having a moment, from Rob Burrow , Eddie Jones, Gareth
Thomas, Doddie Weir and many others. In terms of storytelling power, raw
emotion and prize-w inning calibre, Steve's book will eclipse any of them.