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Flats and Durders Offload

Rugby Laid Bare


David Flatman and Mark Durden-Smith are the acclaimed and hugely popular rugby broadcasting double act who combine acute insight with witty one-liners. Now, in What the Ruck?, they bring their unique blend of talents to readers everywhere. 

What the Ruck? will be the first time rugby union has ever been dissected and celebrated like this in book form. It covers every facet of the game, from surviving the front row, what it takes to be a leader and what can happen on a rugby tour, to referees (good and bad), mind games with the opposition and with your teammates, and the excitement of tournaments such as the World Cup and the Six Nations (including Flats' own 90-second appearance in the competition). Nothing will be off limits to these two and no quarter will be given – to anyone.

Once described as rugby's answer to Ant & Dec, Flats & Durds are familiar to millions of fans thanks to their work on Channel Five, BT Sport and Amazon Prime. They provide a fascinating and entertaining insight into the sport, revealing just who are rugby's hardest players and the dark arts of the front row. They celebrate the game's greatest characters but also assess the key issues facing the sport. With insightful analysis, unforgettable stories and the occasional food reference, What the Ruck? is an unmissable read for all rugby fans, and for anyone else who wants an entertaining guide to the sport.

David Flatman played rugby as a prop forward for Saracens and Bath between 1998 and 2012, making more than 250 club appearances and also winning eight caps for England. After retiring from the game, he moved into a career in broadcasting, working for Channel Five, ITV, BT Sport and Amazon Prime. This is his first book. 

Mark Durden-Smith was born in central London in 1968 and has had a long career in television, working for ITV, Channel Four and Sky; he now presents Premiership Rugby on Channel Five. This is his first book.