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Gatland and Jones to renew rivalries at book awards

Gatland and Jones to renew rivalries at book awards

Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland are set to renew rivalries once more with their books going head-to-head at the upcoming Telegraph Sports Book Awards.

The shortlist of nominations has been announced by the Telegraph, with England coach Jones’ My Life and Rugby and recently reappointed British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland’s Pride and Passion fighting it out for Rugby Writers Book of the Year.

Jones and Gatland have competed many times before in their days with England and Wales and now take it to the literary sphere, while Gatland’s delves into his passion for the Lions, a subject also touched on by another nominee – Sam Warburton’s fascinating personal exploration, Open Side.

Also shortlisted is David Beresford’s Brothers in Arms – an account of rugby, life and friendship in France, and in a strong year for Wales, Ross Harries’ tremendous Behind the Dragon delivers an excellent history of Welsh rugby.

Enigmatic Welsh international Glenn Webbe’s entertaining autobiography, Glenn Webbe: The Gloves are Off, concludes the shortlist.

Eddie Jones reflected on his nomination, commenting: “I am so pleased that our book has been nominated for Rugby Book of the Year at The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020. I’d like to wish all the other books in the shortlist the best, and whoever wins, I’m sure it will be a just result. Thank you for the nomination.”

The winners will be digitally announced on July 15th in replacement of the traditional celebration at Lord’s Cricket Ground.