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WAGS guide to rugby

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark Β©)

Posted in :In the news on 30 Mar 2009 at 10:40
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Women are often perplexed by the fact that a rugby game can reduce grown men to tears when their team wins.

Understandably, many women don’t know what a prop forward, scrumhalf or flank is, let alone the function of these rugby positions. Yet they follow the game religiously because of their partners.

Inspired by such women, former professional rugby player Jaco Louw decided to write a book, The Girlfriend’s Guide To Rugby, which would explain every aspect of rugby specifically for women.

“While watching the Rugby World Cup in 2007 I realised that my friends’ girlfriends and wives actually enjoyed the hype and excitement around the game. Many of them just had no clue what was happening on the field,” said Louw.

“Their husbands and boyfriends were too emotionally charged during the match to explain things to them. They were left to make sense of it themselves.”

Charmel Bowman writes in the Sunday Tribune that the compact-sized book explains the ins and outs of the game, using analogies of shopping and relationships to explain the game.

The reader is introduced to Barry, Sandy, Kwota and Reffie, ordinary everyday characters who are used in realistic situations to explain key rugby concepts. Sandy scrums and tackles when trying to get designer shoes on sale, a concept most women would understand and probably have done.

“I did not want the book to seem like a daunting read. I have tried to keep it funny and included scenarios that women will appreciate and relate to. And hopefully learn a thing or two about rugby,” said Louw.

He said the book has been well received since it was released late last year.

“The response has been great so far. Quite a few people have said it makes a great gift, mainly boyfriends who no longer have to explain the game to their girlfriends.”

Everything, from player positions to the rules of the game and even the different plays used, is discussed in the book.

Picking a team to support is the first advice the book gives to trainee rugby fanatics.

Louw said passion is crucial. “It is essential to pick a team and support them wholeheartedly. You can even pick your partner’s traditional rival if you want to stir up some rivalry between the two of you.”

He advised know-it-all rugby fans to also have a go at the book.

“The guys would identify with the humour in the book. I think they may even enjoy it more than the newbies,” he joked.

Included at the end of the book are game fixtures for this year detailing all the big matches being played. The chapter, Names to drop and statistics to know, is sure to be a firm favourite with the ladies. It has enough information to allow women to confidently hold their own when discussing rugby trivia with the guys over a beer.

The verdict?

The book is an easy read. Its compact size (198mm by 130mm) is a definite plus as it easily fits in a handbag, allowing easy reading whenever one gets a chance.

Women will probably have to read the books a few times before knowing everything, or perhaps even take it along to a few matches to sneak a peak while the game is on.

But the book will surely allow women to better understand the game and perhaps even surprise their partners with their newfound knowledge of rugby.

The Girlfriend’s Guide To Rugby is available at all major book stores and retails for R99.95.


  • I know a GUY or two who might want to buy THEMSELVES a copy. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.09 10:44:24 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 1) : Especially with regards to props πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.09 10:50:48 by Claytie Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 2) :

    Hmmmmm I wonder who you are talking about? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.09 10:56:38 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • bwahahahahahaha πŸ˜†

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.09 11:36:34 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 1) :

    PLEASE can we send one to Rassie??? 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.09 11:37:01 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : :mrgreen: πŸ˜† πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.09 11:41:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    I was gonna say that but thought I’d leave it to the Stormers to come up with it. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.09 11:42:09 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 7) : Sounds desperate, OuBaas 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.09 11:48:30 by Charlie Reply

  • How about SW buys ME one??? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.09 11:53:46 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 9) :

    When’s your Birthday? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.09 12:05:32 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • How do I go about getting a copy here in Aus?, I could then explain the rules to Aussie supporters in my office. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.09 12:18:34 by knock on Reply

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  • @knock on (Comment 11) :

    Hehehehe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.09 12:22:22 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 10) :

    4 May…make it an early prezzie, willya?? πŸ˜† πŸ˜‰ saw some of it – actually very funny too!

    @knock on (Comment 11) :

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.09 12:24:56 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @knock on (Comment 11) :

    Here you go. πŸ˜‰


  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.09 13:08:32 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Jaco Louw the author.

    Jaco Louw, hailed by the press asβ€œarguably the fastest wing in world rugby”, played for the then Transvaal rugby team, making his debut at 19 in 1992. His playing career stretched from 1992 until 1998, during which time he notched up 60 caps. He was part of the successful 1993 team which won every trophy on offer including the Super 10, Currie Cup, Lion Cup and M-Net trophy. In 1997 he was awarded the national club championship player of the year, scoring 24 tries in 14 matches, also being the highest point scorer of the tournament. He retired from the professional game in 1998 due to a serious injury. He has an honours degree in Financial Management from RAU (University of Johannesburg), is a Certified Financial Planner, a member of the Financial Planning Institute, and now runs his own owns medical aid brokerage.

    There goes that problem I have of NOT knowing the Lions players. I have never heard of the guy. 😳

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.03.09 13:09:57 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • I like Clinton Van Der Burg’s (Sunday times) quote about the book. πŸ˜†

    “Look out! This is the book men won’t want their women to discover, because it’s full of the important stuff us blokes like to act superior about.”

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.03.09 13:13:33 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 16) :

    :mrgreen: At least he (and you) are honest about it!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.03.09 13:39:02 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 17) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.03.09 13:47:43 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Can we buy Hmmmmm a copy? 😈 πŸ˜† πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.03.09 15:56:07 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 19) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.03.09 16:00:50 by wpw Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 19) :

    Dude, why were you ignoring me two weeks ago when we played you guys in the League??? πŸ˜€

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.03.09 16:01:55 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 21) : Wes…I was ignoring all of you damn Scouse supporters…almost had to switch my cell off as the messages were coming through thick and fast!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.03.09 18:00:45 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 19) : miaaaaouw πŸ™‚

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.03.09 18:05:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @knock on (Comment 11) : first up, dude – they’re laws not rules πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.03.09 18:47:45 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • I am so going to track down a copy or two for my desk at work..so that way now when anyone goes “Isn’t rugby just like football with a different shaped ball” I can loan it to them.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.03.09 19:25:24 by Milissa (Expecting!! New Sharks Supporter due Aug '09) Reply

  • @Milissa (Expecting!! New Sharks Supporter due Aug β€˜09) (Comment 25) : and start a supporters club πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.03.09 19:53:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 24) :

    No need to buy THIS WAG a copy then. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.03.09 20:00:26 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 27) : no thanks, at least not for my birthday as Ice requested…. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† expect something MUCH bigger and better :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.03.09 20:02:12 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 28) : and more more expensive πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.03.09 20:15:19 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 29) :

    HEY!!!!!!!!!!!! Whose side are you on?!?!?!?!??!?!!? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.03.09 20:21:07 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 30) : do I have to choose πŸ˜† Man understand, she is a teacher (so i gathered) – better to keep them on one’s side :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.03.09 20:41:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 31) :

    Yes, she is an IT teacher to the kids and Coordinator to the Staff. Strangely the Kids are easier to teach. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.03.09 20:43:24 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 32) : I can imagine that. πŸ™„

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.03.09 20:49:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 28) :

    hey Kette…I did not request it for my brithday…it’s old Cheap skate here who offered to buy it, but as a b-day prezzie.. πŸ˜‰ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.03.09 07:40:51 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 34) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.03.09 08:03:28 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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