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Rugby World Cup blog for kids

During the Rugby World Cup I am going to be writing a regular short blog for children to read either in school and at home. It’s going to be about five different things:

  1. my diary of the tournament (with dodgy match predictions)
  2. about my ‘live’ story, The Twickenham Trials (see here) – how I am writing and researching it
  3. video reviews of great Rugby World Cup reads in books, magazines and online
  4. competitions where you can win copies of my Rugby Academy books
  5. and… probably some other things too.


Rugby World Cup Activity Book

Let’s start with a book review. I’ve read a few preview books about the Rugby World Cup. Some are great. Some are not so great. The Rugby World Cup Activity Book is one of the best. Lots to do. Lots to learn. Recommended also by my 11 year old daughter. Watch my video review here and see if you want to read it.


England v Fiji

The Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday this week with England v Fiji. Who do you think will win? Most people think England will, but I think everyone knows it is not going to be easy. If England are nervous and make mistakes, the Fijians could rip though us. I predict that it will be very close for the first half. But I think over the 80 minutes that England will be a fitter team and will score enough points in the last half an hour to win the game. Maybe by 10 points. That’s what I think. But I don’t know much. What do you think?


Coming soon…

Tomorrow I’ll blog about the school that is right next to Twickenham Stadium and how they have been helping me to write The Twickenham Trials.

Enjoy the tournament.


Find out more about my live Rugby World Cup story here.

And find out about my rugby reading and writing activities here.

A Rugby World Cup story for schools

From Thursday this week I am writing a daily story that is set during the Rugby World Cup – as it happens. It will be a thriller with lots of outrageous cliffhangers.

It is aimed at schools to be used as a classroom read. In 22 episodes lasting between 5 and 10 minutes.

I will write each chapter the night before it is published, so that I can draw on Rugby World Cup events on and off the pitch and put them into an almost ‘live’ story.

I have done this in the past with football tournaments and it does seem to engage the children.

The story will be published on line before 6 a.m. every school day, beginning with this chapter (the only pre-written chapter) on Thursday 17th September and ending on Friday 16th October. This is so that teachers can download and print it to read at the beginning of the school day. Or later.

Also, parents are invited to read it to their children at bedtime.

It is free and will be published by the RFU, who have commissioned me to write it.

You can find chapter one text here. You need to sign up for the website, but it is a mercifully easy process.

There is a a video of me reading chapter one at Elland Road here.

We have also produced a lot of free literacy resources that you can use to inspire reading for pleasure around the Rugby World Cup. They can be found here.

If you have any problems please contact me via my website tompalmer.co.uk.

And please do pass this on to any teachers or parents who you think might be interested.

Thank you.