The first result that comes up when you google “rugby and drinking” is a link to a Reddit discussion where a man named Killian asked: “As a fond drinker and an avid player I’ve always pondered the question: ‘How wankered can I be before I shouldn’t play rugby.’ So I’m hoping for anyone with experience or insight to enlighten me.”

The replies were a list of drinking stories from rugby players around the world, including one from SA in which the words “koshuis”, naturally, and “brandy in the water bottles” are used. Many, many played drunk. One dropped acid before a game. A hooker threw up after every scrum. A loosehead prop caught a ball one-handed in the lineout because he had a pint in the other...

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