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An 8 verse poem is available at the foot of the page.

A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of 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.
My poems have been very well received at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Please remember to check your spam/junk folder. The email will be sent as a PDF file. The 8 verse poem will be sent as 2 A4 pages unless an A3 format is requested.

CARD – Printed on 240 gsm high quality linen textured white or ivory, A4 or A3 card. The poem is placed in a protective cellophane wrapper and posted flat in a cardboard backed envelope (A4) or rolled in a tube (A3).

PAPER SCROLL & PRESENTATION BOX – Printed on 100 gsm high quality linen textured ivory matte A4 paper, tied with navy ribbon in an ivory card presentation box. The 8 verse poem will be printed on 2 sheets of A4 paper.

Poems can be personalised with the names, dates and words of your choosing, up to a maximum of 50 characters (including spaces). A contact form displays after payment (about 10 seconds) for your choice as to personalised or unpersonalised.

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 Digital Download – 5 verses £13.95
 Digital Download – 8 verses £16.95
White A4 Print – 5 verses £17.95
Ivory A4 Print – 5 verses £17.95
White A3 Print – 8 verses £20.95
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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, 
English 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 dry 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 ceremonial dance that the All Blacks 
perform before the start of each national game,
different team members, ground conditions, strategies, playing home
 or away, mean that no match ever the same.

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

The groundsmen work hard repairing and rolling the grass for a 
match, marking out the boundary lines in white,
at a local club, the teams’ scores are almost even as they play
 the last ten minutes in winter’s fading afternoon light.

The players get in position for a lineout, after a touch judge’s raised
flag signals that the ball went out of play,
after a foul, the referee blows the whistle and beckons number eight, 
who towering above him, listens to what he has to say.

Rugby requires power, endurance, team spirit, courage and speed,
this thrilling 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.