There’s rugby union, rugby league, touch, tens and sevens, with 
different 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  
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 the 
 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 match, local or The Six Nations on the television screen,
 this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near. 

In loving memory of Justin Farthing 1929 -2017

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 recieved at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.

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