The first Rugby Paper of 2015 is out today. I bought it, as I have done every week for the last year-and-a-half.
When I ask a group of kids in a rugby-loving school who has read The Rugby Paper it is unusual if any more than three out of 100 say they have. And that’s in a school that loves its rugby.
So… this is my blog about why I think kids who like rugby will enjoy The Rugby Paper – and why I think school libraries should stock it (if they have a budget).
News. Being a weekly newspaper, it is printed the day before publication and includes match reports from up to the evening before. Also, there is transfer information (I was going to say ‘speculation’, but what The Rugby Paper reports is usually accurate). This news is about all UK based clubs and the international teams, as well as international coverage, especially the big three southern hemisphere teams. And – very importantly – the women’s game.
Rugby World Cup. A lot of the news and opinion in the paper – that opinion coming from the likes of Jeff Probyn and Jeremy Guscott – is regarding the Rugby World Cup. There is a great feature on the tournament in this week’s issue. Fixtures, including all the warm-up games. And more.
Letters. These are great. A short column, but some fierce opinion. One of my favourite bits.
Match reports. In-depth match reports from all the top flight games involving teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland. Plus lower down the leagues. And a round up from France.
Four pages of league tables and results with team sheets, attendances, etc.
Fixtures. A very comprehensive fixture list for the week ahead.
Room 101. An entertaining interview about what annoys rugby players. A different player each week.
The Rugby Paper costs £1.50. You can get it in most newsagents, supermarkets and petrol stations. You can visit their website here.