Ben Mercer

Lost In France

Life on the Fringes of Professional Rugby

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I’m currently going through the edited copy of the first draft of my book and making changes. The feedback I’ve had has been great but there are certainly things I can improve.

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The book is titled:

Lost in France - Life on the Fringes of Professional Rugby

Putting the book together has been enormous fun and the fulfilment of a lifelong pipe dream to write a book. I’m planning to do more in the future for sure.

Taking in the 4 years that I spent in Rouen, Lost in France provides a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be a professional athlete in the lower echelons of the game. Forever outside society and mass media coverage, the book describes what it’s like to get paid to play sport, even if it’s not quite how you thought it would go.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be a professional rugby player or pondered how they do it over the channel, this is for you. You’ll encounter passionate crowds and empty stadiums, brotherhood and bonding alongside bitterness and brutalité while we embarked on our task of turning an amateur French rugby environment into a professional sports team at Stade Rouennais Rugby in Normandy.

With a mad cast of teammates, cultural differences and misunderstandings ensue, with the wild world of French rugby laid bare for the reader. Lost in France describes what it’s really like to follow your passion and become a professional rugby player, following the author through all the ups and downs, taking in the length and breadth of France.

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