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A personalised poem can be a thoughtful gift for a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary, retirement or thank you for a loved one or friend.
My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s love of rugby.


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There are many forms of Rugby Union and lLeague including sevens, tens,
 wheelchair and veterans with equal numbers of players each side,
a curling throw passes the oval ball to the inside centre who soon 
gets tackled after sprinting a short distance, going rather wide.

At Twickenham stadium, the large celebratory crowd sing Swing
Low Sweet Chariot, one of rugby’s best known anthem songs,
after a team talk, filing out of the changing rooms and exchanging 
sides of the pitch at half time, each half only forty minutes long.

At a local match, the home team soon gaining an advantage, sliding
along the immaculate wet grass to score an impressive try,
after getting possession as the opponent team’s openside flanker 
drops a catch, after the slippery ball’s thrown slightly too high.

The intimidating Maori Haka, a national war dance that the All 
Blacks’ team performs before the start of each national game,
the physicality of each match means that the highly trained players
get knocks and bruises, occasionally leaving the pitch slightly lame.

Eight members of each team locked into a well rehearsed position,
as the scrum half rolls the ball into the centre of the scrum,
after pushing forward, a low perfectly timed pass reaches the fly 
half who feints as though going to the right and gets a clear run.

The groundsmen work hard preparing the grass for a match, repairing
the pitch, cutting, rolling and marking out the boundary lines in white,
on a windy Saturday afternoon, the local teams scores are almost even
 as they play the last few minutes in winter’s fading afternoon light.

 Both teams get in position for a Lineout, each ready to lift a tall player 
after a touch judge’s raised flag signals the ball went out of play,
rugby requires power, endurance, team spirit, courage and speed,
nothing beats watching a match from the touchline on a sunlit day.