A Poem For Old Rugby Players………..

When the battle scars have faded and the truth becomes a lie
And the weekend smell of liniment, could almost make you cry.

When the last rucks well behind you and the man that ran now walks
It doesn’t matter who you are, the mirror sometimes talks

Have a good hard look old son! The melons not that great
The snoz that takes a sharp turn sideways, used to be dead straight

You’re an advert for arthritis, you’re a thoroughbred gone lame
Then you ask yourself the question …Why the hell you played the game?

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Was there logic in the head knocks? In the corks and in the cuts?
Did common sense get pushed aside? By manliness and guts?

Do you sometimes sit and wonder, why your time would often pass
In a tangled mess of bodies, with your head up someone’s……?

With a thumb hooked up your nostril, scratching gently on your brain
And an overgrown Neanderthal, rejoicing in your pain!

Mate – you must recall the jersey, that was shredded into rags
Then the soothing sting of Dettol, on a back engraved with tags!

It’s almost worth admitting, though with some degree of shame
That your wife was right in asking …Why the hell you played the game?

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Why you’d always rock home legless, like a cow on roller skates
After drinking at the clubhouse, with your low down drunken mates

Then you’d wake up – check your wallet, not a solitary coin
Drink Berocca by the bucket, throw an ice pack on your groin

Copping Sunday morning sermons, about boozers being losers
While you limped like Quasimodo, with a half a thousand bruises!

Yes – an urge to hug the porcelain and curse Sambuca’s name
Would always pose the question … Why the hell you played the game!

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And yet with every wound re-opened, as you grimly reminisce it
Comes the most compelling feeling yet, God, you bloody miss it!

From the first time that you laced a boot and tightened every stud
That virus known as rugby, has been living in your blood

When you dreamt it when you played it, all the rest took second fiddle
Now you’re standing on the sideline, but your hearts still in the middle

And no matter where you travel, you can take it as expected
There will always be a breed of people, hopelessly infected

If there’s a teammate, then you’ll find him, like a gravitating force
With a common understanding and a beer or three, of course

And as you stand there telling lies, like it was yesterday old friend
You’ll know that if you had the chance, you’d do it all again

You see – that’s the thing with rugby, it will always be the same
And that, I guarantee … Is why the hell you played the game!

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