Books about rugby, much like those who play the game, come in all shapes and sizes. There are histories, biographies, hagiographies, diaries, potboilers and even the occasional novel.

In 2008 Mills & Boon, publishers of bodice-rippers (no jockstrap jokes, please), commissioned a series of novels with a rugby theme, one of which was titled Nice Girls Finish Last, a double entendre so obvious it could be understood by even the thickest front-ranker. Hans Pienaar’s novel Drie, even with its descriptions of clumsy adolescent sex, is as far from that genre as the author is from Springbok selection...

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