There’s rugby union, rugby league, touch, tens and sevens, with
equal numbers of players each side,
a curling throw passes the oval ball to the inside centre who soon
gets tackled after running wide,
at Twickenham, the large crowd sing Swing Low Sweet Chariot,
rugby’s best known anthem song,
coming out of the changing rooms and exchanging sides at half
time, each half only forty minutes long.
The home team soon regaining an advantage, sliding along the
immaculate grass to score a try,
after getting possession as the opponent’s openside flanker drops
a catch, after the ball’s thrown slightly too high,
the intimidating Maori Haka that the All Blacks perform before
the start of each national game,
different team members, ground conditions and strategies mean
that no match is ever the same.
Eight members of each team locked into position as the scrum half
rolls the ball into the centre of the scrum,
after pushing forward, a low pass reaches the fly half who feints
to the right and gets a clear run,
the groundsmen work hard preparing the grass for a match, then
meticulously mark out lines in white,
at a local club, the teams scores are almost even as they play in
winter’s fading afternoon light.
The players get in position for a Lineout, after a touch judge’s
flag signals the ball went out of play,
after a foul the referee blows the whistle and beckons number
eight, who listens to what he has to say,
rugby requires power, endurance, team spirit, courage and speed,
this sport you loved so dear,
whenever I see a local match or The Six Nations on the television
screen, this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.
Beloved Husband Justin Farthing 1929 -2017
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