Rugby. A game played by gentlemen or a game I prefer to describe as a mortal’s clash of the Titans.
If you’re new to the game of rugby, you might get a little confused about what’s actually going on. You might, for example, wonder why the game keeps stopping; whether there’s actually any difference between a ‘ruck’ and a ‘maul’; and what the heck a scrum is anyway?!
As someone who was – until recently – a rugby novice, I feel your pain. I’ve always enjoyed rugby but, now I understand it, I’ve become one of those slightly annoying people that refer to technical rugby terms in casual conversation.
And, once you’ve learnt it, the game is actually a lot simpler than you think.
There is nothing quite like watching the Investec Derby; hearing the thundering of hooves before horse and jockey gallop past; watching jockeys balancing precariously on their steeds, urging them on; hearing the roar of the crowd as the race whizzes by.
With England v France being the first game at Twickenham Stadium in the RBS 6 Nations the atmosphere is set to be electric. If you’re like us, then you’ll already be excited to see whether England can defend their title in 2017.