Matthew Rees’ autobiography ‘Reasons 2 Smile’ is now on sale in all good bookshops and online.
A launch event will take place at the Arms Park, in the Jack Matthews Bar, this Saturday at 1.30pm with the Wales v Australia game in the Autumn Internationals kicking off later that day.
Smiler and co-author Craig Muncey will be in attendance, with a question and answer session included, as well as a reading from the book.
There will also be signings in Swansea on Thursday, and in Carmarthen and Llanelli towards the end of the month. Full details will be on publisher Y Lolfa’s Twitter.
Cardiff Blues, Scarlets, Wales, Lions and Barbarians player Matthew Rees, a key member of the 2008 and 2012 Grand Slam teams, is the most-capped hooker of all time for the Wales national side and has captained both his region and his country.
However, top-flight rugby is not all there is to Smiler’s story. As well as offering insight into Welsh rugby at regional and international level, Matthew also talks frankly about dealing with the bombshell of finding out who his real father was at age 20, and the impact it had on his relationship with his family.
He also reveals what he went through after discovering he had testicular cancer at the peak of his rugby career, and how the diagnosis and treatment affected him.
This is not just another rugby biography. Matthew Rees’ is an uplifting and dramatic story which will inspire even non-rugby fans.
“Matthew is one of the fiercest and most determined players I have ever played with. He must surely be one of Wales’ greatest hookers.” – Sam Warburton
“What marks this book out as something special is [Matthew Rees’] account of the illness which over took him in the later stages of his playing career.” – Barri Hurford, Welsh Rugby Writers’ Association