Book Review Jerome Kaino: My Story

Stuart Macadam

Stuart Macadam is a contributing editor to Getfrank. With a focus on entertainment, he enjoys watching the latest movies, reading the latest books and discovering the latest and greatest technological innovations.

Jerome Kaino Autobiography Review

Synopsis of the book

At just 21 years old Jerome Kaino was touted as the next big thing in world rugby. In his first year of professional rugby, he made spectacular debuts for Auckland, the Blues and the All Blacks. It was a dream beginning for this quiet Samoan kid from South Auckland. But just as quickly as it all began, his career took a sharp turn for the worse, his life spiralling out of control. 

With over 50 All Black caps, 100 matches for the Blues and a Rugby World Cup victory to his name, Jerome Kaino is one of New Zealand's true sporting heroes. Now for the very first time, Kaino lays bare his greatest triumphs and adversities, with rare insights ahead of perhaps his greatest test of all - winning back-to-back world cups for New Zealand.

My thoughts

It doesn’t take long before you begin to understand Kaino’s personality and the style in which he delivers the story.

Growing up in South Auckland and facing a lot of obstacles, it perhaps wasn’t easy for Kaino to foresee the greatness he would later go onto achieve as a rugby player and a person.

He has of course made mistakes (like we all do), particularly with binge drinking. This very nearly halted his career as an All Black. There is a happy ending though as he overcomes it all and develops into what Richie McCaw would call a GAB.

I enjoyed reading about the friends he has built up and kept all over the world playing rugby. It is nice to know the comradery in the sport did not disappear when the sport turned professional. And he shares some interesting behind the scenes stories about some of his teammates.

Hearing about his first child and how it brought him and his then girlfriend (now wife) closer together was also quite cool.

There were some harder parts to swallow, which left me feeling a tad annoyed. While I can understand the swearing in quotes, most of the time it wasn’t needed. Some sections speed by while others move very slowly.

If you’re an All Blacks fan, this book is certainly for you. If you are looking to be inspired, this book is for you. Like Pierre Spies book More than Rugby there are a lot of great life lessons in here, particularly in overcoming massive setbacks.

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