During the summer of 2009 I
collaborated with Martin Offiah to produce a book on rugby league. 50 Of The
Best is Martin's personal selection of fifty of the greatest ever rugby
league tries. Martin Offiah's 50 Of The Best thus marks my debut as a ghostwriter.
50 Of The Best describes 50 great
rugby league scores. It features several of Martin Offiah's own greatest
tries, but also includes many of the game's great names. Some 47 of the
scores come from the last thirty years, with just three, Ken Hirst in 1968,
Clive Sullivan in 1972 and Stuart Wright in 1979 falling outside this era.
There are tries by Shaun Edwards, Ellery Hanley, Sean Long, Danny McGuire,
Brian Carney, Wally Lewis, Gene Miles, Chris Joynt, Leon Pryce, Jamie Lyon,
Henderson Gill, Mike Gregory, Jonathan Davies and others. Leeds, St Helens, Wigan, Bradford Northern, Wakefield Trinity and Widnes are all featured,
alongside international sides such as Great Britain, England and Australia.
His absolute hunger and dedication to score tries was unparalleled. There is
no-one in the sport more qualified to produce a book about some of its
greatest scores. Shaun Edwards
In "50 Of The Best", Martin Offiah presents his personal selection of fifty
of rugby league's greatest ever tries. He relives a few of his own - the
spectacular, the significant and the memorable! In this fascinating
selection, he also celebrates the achievements of other great players,
team-mates and foes alike. From David Topliss to Kyle Eastmond, Clive
Sullivan to Wally Lewis, he features legends, rookies, a few lucky breaks
and some great stories of the game's past and present. Martin Offiah
analyses great tries through the prism of speed and strength, tactics and
teamwork and individual stealth. For him, those are the skills that combine
to make rugby league the fast, skilful and spectacular game he loves. Martin
Offiah tells the stories behind these great moments, discusses how rugby
league has developed and offers his vision for its future. 'I loved scoring
tries. That's what I did. It was my thing and I was pretty good at it, 501
times good at it' - Martin Offiah.