John Daniell (rugby player)
John Daniell (born 1972) was born in New Zealand, and educated both there and in England. After studying English at the University of Oxford, he worked as a journalist for Radio New Zealand and Capital Television.
His early rugby career included playing for England Schoolboys (1990), New Zealand Under 19s (1991), New Zealand Colts (1992), Marist St Pats (1992–97), Oxford University (Blue, 1992–1994) and Wellington Lions (1994–96). In 1996 he turned professional, playing for French clubs Racing (Racing Club de France) (1997–2000), Perpignan (USA Perpignan) (2000–2003), and Montpellier (Montpellier Hérault RC) (2003–2006).
Currently a freelance journalist, he has been published in The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, The Times, The Evening Post, The New Zealand Listener, L'Equipe and Le Monde.
- Inside French Rugby: Confessions of a Kiwi Mercenary (2007), Awa Press ISBN 978-0-9582750-1-9
- Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary (2009), Ebury Press ISBN 978-0-09-193068-4
- 2009 William Hill Sports Book of the Year shortlist
- 2010 British Sports Book Awards (Best Rugby Book)
- Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary, Ebury Publishing
- One in the eye for Perpignan – John Daniell, Financial Times 12 Dec 2008
- Tonga's gentle giants turn their eyes on England – John Daniell, Guardian 26 Sept 2007
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