The Beginner’s Guide to Rugby, by Aaron Cruden

For the record, I am not Aaron Cruden. I have been told I look like him and in moments of complete fantasy I may have professed to play like him too.

This type of book is the first step towards writing your sporting memoirs, where you get a fancy author to help you out, possibly even ghost write. Aaron Cruden, famous All Black first five, and the most likely 2015 World Cup starter too. On a personal ramble note, I don’t think Carter will make it. We’ve moved on from him. As long as Richie is there, it won’t matter what happens.

Cruden has done a good job with this rugby guide aimed for kids. It’s not a new topic ‘rugby’ and there have been plenty of books written for kids about the game. This one is not hugely different, but it is the latest and there are some interesting things contained within.

It will of course help if your young All Black is an Aaron Cruden fan, but it’s by no means essential.  There are some great facts about him and his career to learn about. Then there are the actual rugby parts. It’s very clear that not only is Cruden a great player, but he is also a great teacher of the game. He’s spent a lot of time on this book, judging by the copious amounts of high quality photography in the book that goes with the training pages.

Learn to pass, kick, pick up the ball, tackle, most importantly learn the box kick too. Each one of these skill sets are expertly taken apart and delivered in a way that your child can digest, leaving them able to train themselves and give you more time to yell at your son’s coach about him not calling for more box kicks.

Get a copy now before the season kicks off and you will be an expert in no time. Then give the book to your boy and act like you knew it all anyway.

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TITLE: The Beginner’s Guide to Rugby
AUTHOR(S): Aaron Cruden
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House
RRP: $34.99
ISBN: 9781775537908

Drew Thompson Drew operates a successful hobby farm for pampered cattle in rural South Auckland. He once dabbled in education, where he discovered any book was a good book. As with most ex-teachers, he realised he was better off spending his time and patience on his own awesome children.

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