Rugby World Cup 2015

Combat ZoneThe UK are hosting the Rugby World Cup in September and October 2015.

So now is the time for children to read more about the game that is capturing their imagination: Websites. Fiction. Non-fiction. Newspapers. Magazines. Rugby can help children enjoy reading for pleasure.

“If you are looking for a literary buzz from #RWC2015 we’d suggest you follow @tompalmerauthor Berkshire County RFU 

Watch out for my projects with England Rugby this year, to mark this autumn’s Rugby World Cup, all free to download NOW after a simple registration.

Itrialsf you missed any chapter from The Twickenham Trials during the Rugby World Cup , they have been compiled here.  More here. 


A toolkit of ideas to use rugby to help encourage reading for pleasure. DOWNLOAD FROM HERE




tom trophyFifteen classroom lesson plans about writing and reading through sport:

  • Reading – Rugby Biographies
  • Reading – Rugby Fiction
  • Reading – Rugby Magazines
  • Reading – Rugby Newspapers
  • Reading – Rugby Non-Fiction
  • Reading – Rugby Online
  • Booklet – Literacy and Numeracy Team
  • Writing – Dialogue
  • Writing – Starting out
  • Writing – Plotting
  • Writing – Playing characters
  • Writing – Writing pace
  • Writing – Conflict
  • Writing – Settings
  • Writing – Cliff hangers
  • Writing Drill – Ending


Rugby AcademyBooks:

Try my new Rugby Academy series:

Combat Zone  – out now  Amazon
Surface to Air – out now Amazon
Deadlocked – out now Amazon




Top ten tips letter for rugby families to encourage readingResources:

I’ve written a Top ten tips letter for rugby families to encourage reading in these versions:




Download high resolution PDFs of posters to print out for your school or library by clicking on the images below:

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