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My Life as a Hooker: When a Middle-Aged Bloke Discovered Rugby
My Life as a Hooker: When a Middle-Aged Bloke Discovered Rugby
by Steven Gauge
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, the best rugby humour book written to date, 6 Jan. 2013
Every player across the country (and further afield, I am sure) has encountered the trials, tribulations and mild eccentricity of lower-level rugby, but few have the ability to translate these with such ease as Steven Gauge. From the week-in-week-out struggle of fielding a fit and/or willing XV to the near-impossibility of dealing with club committees and administrators (and, of course, the obligatory tales of "what-goes-on-tour-that-never-manages-to-stay-on-tour").

This is a must-read for anyone who has had the pleasure of playing rugby, and I challenge anyone who has not done so to read this and not fancy lacing up their boots for a run-out afterwards. A fast paced read, with laughs at every point - I polished this gem off in a morning and could have gone on and on.

Not only is Gauge a fantastic writer and humourist (granted, a lot of the humour writes itself, such is the nature of the sport and its participants at this level), he typifies what is great and good about about playing and generally being immersed in club rugby. Quite simply, without these people, our game would be a much sadder place and rugby clubs would ultimately suffer.

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