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Gaz

Autobiography of a League Legend

Mark Gasnier with Andrew Webster

Ebury Press

This is the story of a football champion who crammed more highs and lows into an 11-year career than just about any player of his generation. Carrying the surname of his uncle and Immortal, Reg, he had blinding pace, a shimmy, a step and an innate sense of timing. Whether it was for St George Illawarra, New South Wales or Australia, he could seemingly sniff out a try at will. As former Blues coach Phil Gould once remarked: ‘Mark Gasnier, the best centre I have seen.’

Yet for a game that came to him so naturally, Gasnier’s career was never so straightforward. His famous bloodlines and the notorious hoodoo that had seen the Dragons fail to win a premiership in three decades meant the weight of expectation never went away. Being sacked on the eve of his Origin debut, the curse of injury and his ultimate decision to walk away and play rugby union for Paris glamour club Stade Francais only added to his complex journey. Those obstacles only made the finish, when he returned to win a grand final with St George Illawarra, sweeter … before he shocked everyone again with the early announcement of his retirement.

For the first time, he candidly tells his story.