When the Crowd Stops Roaring
by Neven MacEwan
In this frank and inspiring memoir, Neven talks about his early life, and his extraordinary success as a rugby player and All Black.
A lock and number eight, Neven represented Wellington at a provincial level, before achieving the ultimate in New Zealand rugby—wearing the revered All Black jersey. His contemporaries included Tiny White, Don Clarke, Wilson Whineray, Kelvin Tremain, Colin Meads and Ian Clarke.
But this is not just a memoir of rugby achievements; Neven talks frankly about the difficulties in his life ‘when the crowd stops roaring’ and the reality away from the rugby field. There are immense challenges, including being charged by New Zealand Police for theft, a suicide attempt, and his battle with alcoholism. And there is also hope, triumph and new beginnings in this candid memoir, with Neven going on to give back and help numerous others who have lost their way.
PRAISE FOR WHEN THE CROWD STOPS ROARING
“For a start he was so big! He towered over most of his teammates and opponents and as each game and season unfolded he expanded his talent into that of a true international rugby player.”
-Keith Quinn, Broadcaster & Sports Commentator