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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2006
This is a first rate guide to Rugby union. I have tried on and off over the years to watch the game on TV, but although the commentators and action replays showed what was occuring on the field, I just couldn't take it in. This excellent book boils it all down and shows with the aid of diagrams exactly what is supposed to be happening. I got this book a couple of weeks ago, And last weekend, I watched two Games on Sky and it was as if the blinkers had come off I understood pretty much everything that was going on. Another useful tool to use with this I find, is when the six nations are on, you are able to get the referees microphone feed on BBCi.
The only way the book and a real live game of rugby differ and cause some confusion is when the players are doing things and getting away with it. That is to say when they are breaking the laws of the game and not being found out, but I wouldn't have known they were in the wrong had I not read this book. Maybe some of the players should get this book too.
This book has taken me from knowing nothing at all about the game (and having tried to learn in the past). To being able to watch and really enjoy a great sport. I have Mr Robinson to thank for that, and I will be forever thankful.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Derek Robinson has achieved a great deal in this book, setting out in plain English the complex laws of rugby union, and unlike many books on the laws it is a good read, blending dry facts with humour.

This book should be mandatory reading for anyone who plays rugby, because not only does it tell what you CAN'T do, it also sets out the leeway and loopholes that you can use too.

Published in 2002, it includes the 2001 revisions, so it is also reasonably up to date. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2005
This new edition has again taken a good understanding of the game a further step further forward for the intelligent supporter. Despite being described as the Player's Guide, it works just as well for the observer. Robinson's gift in this book has been to turn the complex into the simple and clear. He explains the laws of the game as they apply to many different situations on the pitch as all part of a single proposition - the importance of keeping behind the ball! Referees now largely direct and shape the game and the new changes both in law and policy this season on the tackle zone are made clear and easy to understand. For the observer who needs to know more than the TV commentator can ever tell him, this book is first rate, bang up to date and full of insight into tactics and game plans. It's a revelation which helps explain the inexplicable, and reveals the basic simplicity of the game, while showing clearly and with excellent humour, illustrations and candour what is really going on in any given game.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2000
A marvellous book for anyone interested in rugby; Derek Robinson explains the rules clearly and simply, but in enough depth to help understand the game. As a player (scrumhalf at that) I found the book very useful for the little rules which I didn't know, and the larger ones which seem to change every season!
I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2010
You don't have to be a player to gain a great deal from this book, but if you are it most certainly would help you. But I played Rugby as a Teenager and follow it regularily on TV, I've also got a son who playes for his School and a local club as an U13. So, I needed to have a much better knowledge of the game to help him and me so I didn't look daft in front of his Coach crtisising decisions that the coach or Ref's made during the match and wondering why a descision had been made, to be honest it was because I didn't truly understand the rules. Since I read this book I now have a much better and more detailed knowledge of the game and feel more confident talking to my Sons coach and others at the rugby club (especally in the bar afterwards) about what and why things happened during the game. If you think you understand Rugby, read this book and you'll soon realise that "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing" and you've probably made some pretty daft comments during a match or whilst having a conversation about a game on TV. It's easy reading and I genuinely recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Rugby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2008
I am American living in the UK, so I knew nothing about Rugby. I have seen a few matches and vaguely understood the game. After reading this book I am much more able to follow the game and impress my UK friends, but it was only from watching matches before reading this book. If you are completely new to the game this book will not be as helpful.
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on 21 April 2009
Well written and humorous. A good read but don't think that you are ever going to understand the offside rules.
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on 23 June 2015
Light hearted and easy read but very informative with good basic diagrams.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2009
No ref, no game.
It's 30 guys or gals trying to break the laws and one trying to enforce them.
You either love reffing or you hate it.
If you love it, you'll enjoy this book.
If you know someone who's not very good at it, give it to them anonymously.
If you're always shouting at the ref, this will shut you up.
PS **** only because the paper quality wasn't too good
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on 23 July 2015
good
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