In this poem kirkup describes a game of rugby league the game is being played by a team of overweight probably middle aged men well past their prime they use the game to try to recapture their youth to escape the humdrum routine of work and the marriages and lives that have become boring. The speaker expresses his views about a rugby league match played by middle aged men well past their prime he sees them as pitiable and ridiculous as they use the game to recapture their youth and escape the boring routine of their married lives the poem satirises the importance men place on sport and men who try to regain their lost youth tone. Rugby league game by james kirkup sport is absurd and sad those grown men just look in those dreary long blue shorts those ringed stockings edwardian balding pates and huge fat knees that ought to be heroes grappling hooking gallantly tackling is all this courage really necessary taking their good clean fun. 1 begin the poem with a metaphor good refereeing is the cornerstone of rugby league 2 say something specific but utterly preposterous an example of good refereeing can be seen on any replay of the sharks vs storm game from round 25 this year 3. Rugby league mohammad chahoud grade 6 bermagui public school poetry 2007 rugby league is the game i love to play i love to score a try or a field goal my brothers and i play from night to day and when i play i know its in my soul
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