There is usually a rush of sports books as a reliable stocking filler for Dad’s to read on their annual holidays.

The most recent of these is for fans of rugby league in the form of Paul Gallen autobiography HEART AND SOUL.

There is a risk that this book launch last week at Dymocks will be overshadowed by the recent boxing match entitled ‘The Code Wars’ between Room rugby league great Paul Gallen and Aussie Rules great Barry Hall.

The match resulted in a controversial draw and there is talk of a rematch.

I suspect that the fight may help book sales and the reviews may use boxing metaphors such as no holes barred and straight shooting.

But above all his rugby league career has been illustrious. Like the title of the book he has given his heart and soul for his club, his state and his country. As a long time captain of the Cronulla Sharks he led them to their very first premiership. He has led the New South Wales Blues to a long awaited win in the Store ate Of Origin series and he has played more than thirty tests for the Kangaroos.

There have also been lows when the Sharks were embroiled in a long running ASADA investigation into pep tide use. Throughout these issues Gallen is always bruisingly frank which may divide both the media and his fans.

Nonetheless his heart filled devotion go the code at all levels shines through.