Book Review – Play Rugby

by Andy Colquhoun (Pearson Education) ISBN: 978-1-775781493

This is Bokkies Official Guide to rugby in South Africa. It is aimed at the young rugby player who is learning to take his first steps on the rugby field. The layout is colourful with interesting pictures, photos. The biographies of popular Springboks like John Smit, Bryan Habana and the all-time great Beast Mtawarira will enchant young rugby players.

The future Springbok can follow the easy-to-follow pictures explaining tackling techniques and getting how to get past the opponent. Moms will also learn a lot from this book. The easy to follow rules about the game is played and how points are scored are basic.

I liked the educational aspect of the book. Rugby is not just about brawn. Rugby players must have brains as well. For example, young rugby players can learn about acronyms. Rugby is full of acronyms like SARU and GLRU. There is a Bokkie maths quiz. This is important to work out how many tries, conversions and penalties fit into a score of say, 10.

The bonus DVD is fun to watch. I loved how the animated Bokkie discovers a Springbok jersey in the Karoo. He becomes a super Bok when he puts the jersey on and becomes super-fast and super-strong.

I can see that this book will become Dad’s favourite bedtime story… for his son of course!

Ulrike Hill