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The Bluffer's Guide to Rugby (Bluffer's Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Gauge
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of rugby. Know what to say, what not to say, what to do in the company of rugby fans, and what excuses to make when the drinking games start. On the field of play never again confuse a Garryowen with a grubber, a blindside with an eye-gouge, or a spear tackle with a turnover. Bask in the admiration of your fellow rugby lovers as you pronounce confidently on the chances of your team trouncing the opposition, impress them with your seemingly extensive knowledge of rules and tactics, and make sure that youíre well versed in the difference between the two ëcodesí of rugby league and rugby union. Above all know that the origins of the game lie in a blatant display of cheating.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bluffer's Guides; Revised edition edition (15 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWUB60I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as most Bluffer's Guides 23 May 2014
This series of guides tell me everything I want to know about various esoteric (to me, a Texan) subjects.
Their wit shines forth in asides such as
"There is a place on the pitch for everyone, including the socially inept who, as it happens,
make absolutely marvellous referees."

As the title hints, these books teach you just enough to allow you to allow your audience to assume they
should applaud your subject knowledge.
"For now, all you need to know is that [rugby league] is another form of the game ... This book
focuses mainly on ... rugby union. It is possible to enjoy both; indeed, it is possible to play
both (although people tend not to). It is not possible to talk about both as if they were effectively
the same game. ... there are fundamental differences. Never be ashamed to admit to not knowing
what these are. Simply say if asked (about one or the other): ‘Not my code, old boy’."

What surprised me about this Rugby volume was the emphasis on participation. Rather than being in the stands
watching the game, it supposed that I was on the pitch playing one of the fifteen positions.
"You can also never be entirely certain which set of rules the referee is working to on any given
day, and which ones he or she is most keen to enforce. Carry on playing as best suits your own
particular style of play and wait to see if the referee tries to stop you. ... You should then smile,
apologise and try not to do the same thing again quite so obviously for the rest of the game."

I reluctantly conclude that this volume is not up to the normal standards of the Bluffer's series. Please
reread "Football" and revise "Rugby" accordingly.

[I received a free ebook copy to review from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program April 2014 batch.]
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This was so good I bought another copy for a friend who used to play and he loves it too.
It walks you through some of the complexities of the game, explains terminology, and has a punt at the rule book (which the good Lord himself probably needs help with). It manages to do all this with humour and without making a rugby newbie like me feel stupid and without talking down to my friend who knows his way round the game. I would heartily recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mr5512 24 Aug. 2014
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Everything the aspiring bar proper-up, as opposed to front row prop, should know in order to minimise his out of pocket expenses in a rugby clubhouse. A most enjoyable read.
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We are now more informative in regards to the rules and strategies of the game... it even made me want to play it myself!
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