One thing I like to do when running my Rugby Reading Game is ask the children what they like to read. And – because they mentioned a lot of rugby reading material – I thought I’d pass it on.
Lots of the lads said they read newspapers – both on paper and online. They cited the Mail and Metro, but said, to be honest, it didn’t matter what the newspapers was, so long as it was about the game.
They named both the Rugby Paper and Rugby World, which it was good to see stocked in their school library. One boy also said he enjoyed and collected match day programmes when he went to matches with his dad.
The two most popular websites for rugby were the BBC Rugby and RFU websites.
Several of the boys had read rugby player autobiographies and biographies. They recommended books by and about Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O’Driscoll, Clive Woodward, Jona Lomu, Martin Johnson and Jonathan Davies.
Two boys mentioned reading How to Play books about rugby and other sports.
Another said he’d read Invictus, the book related to the film about South Africa hosting and winning the Rugby World Cup after the end of Apartheid.
And one children’s rugby book was mentioned. Scrum by me.
Thanks to the boys at St Albans.
If your school would like to recommend some Rugby Reads to go up on my blog – or if you’d like to put forward a Rugby Reader – please let me know.