Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)
The domestic coaching career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annuals of trans-Tasman rugby.
A former All Black, Deans was the pin-up boy of the Canterbury team of his generation during a 12-year playing career.
Even greater acclaim has followed as one of the best coaches of the modern era.
The following post is a preview of Samoan top linebacker Jesse Sapolu’s book “I gave my heart to San Francisco” published by Celebrity Publishing. Sapolu won four Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers and in his recently published auto-biography, Sapolu shares how in spite of his frail heart condition pressed on without complaining in his desire to excel in the big stage.
Jesse Sapolu played 15 NFL seasons, winning four Super Bowls with the 49ers and earning two trips to the Pro Bowl. He did this despite a torn aortic heart valve, a dangerous condition that left him short of breath at times. In his new book, I Gave My Heart To San Francisco, Sapolu reveals this secret and recounts his journey to the NFL. Born in Samoa and raised in Hawaii, Sapolu has special appreciation for the success he achieved in pro football when he knows that so many others had the more typical American upbringing. In this excerpt, Sapolu writes about how his heritage helped define him as a football player and a person.