He’s confused. Perhaps it is because he can see the tip of his nose out of one eye only or maybe the ref’s saying something wrong. Either way, you don’t want to be in a similar position.
So you’ve never played Rugby Union explains the game for those of us who have been less than accurate about our youth and are, perhaps, taking a 7-year-old to a match and don’t want to appear an idiot.
There are lots in the stands who share your concerns. There will be some on the pitch as well, and I’ve seen the occasional rugby ref . . . With this book you can bullshit yourself through 80 minutes of any match and appear a hero to your child.
Say phrases like: ‘Kicking away touch’, ‘The twenty five yard line’ and ‘You’re not allowed to say that about the ref, even if he deserves it’. Be a hero to your child.
Do not be concerned regarding what’s going on here. The New Rugby can be confusing if the last time you watched it Eddie Waring was commentating. Many of the old traditions remain, as evidenced by Farrell, but whilst it is still somewhat manly in intent, the book shows you what is still acceptable and what might bring you to the attention of the ref, the committee or the police.
The book is useful for all levels, from a spectator new to the game, through players, refs are aided, and commentators will discover what they’ve been missing all these years.
If this is what you expect your day’s spectating will be like, then at least there are no nasty surprises coming your way.