Congratulations to Richie McCaw and the All Blacks for holding off the French to win the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It’s been a competition of upsets and disappointments, and has certainly kept everyone on their toes throughout.
Despite a short career playing rugby at the tender age of 7 (I retired at the age of 9), once or twice during the tournament I’ve been a bit unsure of the rules, so two books have proved absolutely indispensable in making me sound like a knowledgeable rugby buff when discussing the games.
Everything You wanted to Know About Rugby But Were Too Afraid to Ask and the evergreen classic Know the Game: Rugby Union are ideal companions to the game. So if you’re hooked on rugby now and can’t wait for the Six Nations in February next year, why not swat up on your ‘rucks’, ‘mauls’, or ‘knock-ons’ before the games commence again.