KEITH EARLS HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST ADMIRED AND RESPECTED PLAYERS OF HIS GENERATION.

A British & Irish Lion at the age of 21, he has just celebrated his 34th birthday and is still playing at the top of his game for Ireland and in the famous red of Munster.

A lethal finisher blessed with a sprinter’s speed, Earls is the second-highest try scorer of all time for his country. With Munster he is one try short of the all-time total and looks set to break that record in the near future.

Yet, Earls has achieved these milestones whilst being racked by private battles with his mental health for most of his career. A number of crises brought him to the brink of voluntary retirement from the game.

A native of Limerick city, Earls grew up in one of its most socially disadvantaged housing estates. Moyross was blighted by crime and violence and he did not escape unscathed from the surrounding fear and trauma visited upon his beloved community.

His natural talent brought him into the privileged bastion of elite rugby union and this honest, inspirational autobiography tells the story of his long struggle to reconcile those two worlds.

Earls has maintained a low profile throughout his career. For the first time he will talk in depth and at length about the inner turmoil that went unseen by team-mates, friends and fans.

Fight Or Flight: My Life, My Choices is a confessional, intimate and courageous story of the pain that was a constant companion to the glory.

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