It’s the Rugby World Cup, an international competition that lasts over a month, during which time I see my husband for about 27 minutes.
I have fond memories of the Rugby World Cup. I have heaps of overseas mates who are passionate about the sport. Much of their passion wore off on us, as we’d follow them to pubs or sit under tents in the desert and enjoy a pint or two. But to be truthful, rugby for me has always been synonymous with the haka, which I adore. (You’ll see why if you read to the end).
I understand most of the rules of rugby, but the terminology is sometimes lost on me. This is why, when I thought of this post title, I let my husband write it.
Courtesy of my husband, then, here are 13 Rugby Phrases That Sound Dirty But Aren’t.
- The scrum screwed more than 90 degrees.
- The hooker is really dominating.
- Beautiful counter-rucking, absolutely beautiful.
- The offload went forward and in to touch.
- Enough with the argy-bargy.
- The loose head’s bind wasn’t tight.
- The referee has his arm out and is playing advantage.
- The inside centre keeps collapsing the maul.
- The touch judge spotted a high tackle.
- The fly half laid down a perfect grubber.
- Hands in the ruck is a no-no.
- The winger’s been coming inside his man all afternoon. (Special credit for #13 goes to our Kiwi mate, Grant)
My husband assures me that these actual sentences have been uttered in the World Cup with great seriousness.
The next one, though, is all mine.
14. That was a great haka.
I’ll show you what I mean. Here are the All Blacks (a.k.a. New Zealand) doing the haka before playing Tonga a while ago. Listen to the crowd. Watch as Tonga begins the Sipi Tau before the All Blacks have finished the haka.
Yes, we women love a great haka.
And for those of you who like parody, here is Australia’s version of the haka.
Any phrases from other sports that fall into the If-You-Know-What-I-Mean category?