Written by Ospreys, Gloucester, Perpignan, Wales and British & Irish Lions star, James Hook, with acclaimed author, David Brayley, Chasing a Rugby Dream: Impact is the second book in a fantastic new series of middle-grade novels that combine amazing characters and great rugby drama with insights and tips for young, aspiring players.
Praise for Chasing a Rugby Dream: Impact:
‘A portrayal of a young person following their dream in the game, a cracking read’ – Alun Wyn Jones, Wales and the British & Irish Lions
'This is such a great story, I loved it. It’s so authentic about how young people chase their rugby dreams . . . just like I‘ve done. A must have book for all aspiring young rugby players' – Louis Rees-Zammit, Wales and the British & Irish Lions
‘I loved this fantastic book! A thrilling rugby story and great to see such a strong female character as Kitty at the heart of the action! A must for any rugby fan – boy or girl’ – Jasmine Joyce, Wales and Team GB 7s
‘Another fantastic rugby adventure from James Hook. Packed with positivity, it’s a story about the importance of never giving in, fighting to overcome life’s problems and remaining loyal. An inspirational read’ – Paul Williams, Rugby World
‘A tale of heart, friendship and never giving up…the perfect rugby book. Beautifully written and essential reading for rugby fans young and old’ – Bryan Habana, South Africa
‘Loyalty, excitement, humour, plenty of rugby action and a masterclass of rugby tips makes this the perfect book for any rugby fan. Every chapter is a cliffhanger which makes you want to read on and on. I can’t recommend this inspirational book highly enough’ – Justin Tipuric, Wales and the British & Irish Lions
'Everything that’s good about rugby is in this book! The joy of playing for the love of the game but also with a view to making it as a pro. A must read' – Rhys Webb, Wales and the British & Irish Lions
‘Superb! A great story that will inspire every child who reads it. Full of positive messages and tips to improve your game, this book ticks every box if you’re looking for an entertaining story about trying to succeed in sport’ – Jonathan Davies, Wales and Great Britain
‘Such a great and inspirational read. James captures the joys and challenges of schools rugby perfectly, with a story that is packed full of positive messages for young readers. A must read for anyone interested in rugby’ – George North, Wales and the British & Irish Lions
‘A great book that upholds all the important life messages that make rugby the great game that it is. A fantastic story that emphasises the respect that is key to the game of rugby. Inspirational’ – Nigel Owens, international referee
'Another instant rugby classic! Impact is the perfect follow up to Kick-Off – great, realistic rugby storylines which promote great resilience, loyalty and the deep joy of playing rugby' – Lee Byrne, Wales and the British & Irish Lions
About the book
Jimmy Joseph is enjoying a long, hot summer with his friends, counting down the days until he attends his first ever training camp at the Eagles Academy, the youth section of his local pro club. He hopes this is going to be the first major step on his journey to being a professional rugby player . . . but a heavy tackle in training and cruel behaviour from his nemesis, Mr Kane, leads to Jimmy suffering a complete loss of confidence. How can he ever regain his love of the game – and fulfil his rugby dreams – if he is too afraid to tackle?
In this new rugby adventure for Jimmy and his friends, James Hook and David Brayley examine concussion, tackling, friendship, loyalty and the true bravery that’s needed to overcome your fears.