In The Tower and the Glory, the Blackpool bobby and holder of a record 50 caps for an England second row gives a blow-by-blow account of his career, although this was not guaranteed to win him friends in high places.
But at a time when Vinny Jones is on a Football Association charge for his part in a video entitled Soccer's Hard Men, Dooley is not to be taken to task. According to Dudley Wood, the secretary of the Rugby Football Union, 'Wade has done a couple of things that he and we regret and he has paid the price. They are history. Otherwise, he has had a wonderful career and is a friendly, quiet and gentle man'. Wood, though, like the rest, would prefer not to have his collar felt by Dooley.
Of a violent set-to in Cardiff in 1987, when the Welshman Phil Davies had his cheekbone fractured, Dooley - subsequently suspended for an international - writes: 'I saw a Welsh fist flash at John Hall . . .I lashed out at Hall's assailant and the punch landed with a sickening thud on Davies's face.'
There is more. Dooley also owns up to elbowing Scotland's Doddie Weir in the ear last season and to taking a swing at Sam Scott-Young in Queensland last year. Meanwhile, like Rory Underwood, Dooley wants to play on for England, even though both indicate in their memoirs that they had finished with internationals.Reuse content