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30th Apr 2015

People attending Rugby World Cup matches to get ‘idiots guide’ to explain rules

We can think of a few fairweather fans who might need it

Tony Cuddihy

Planning to head to the Rugby World Cup this Autumn? Unsure of the rules? You’re covered.

Organisers of the Rugby World Cup in England this year are putting together a bluffer’s guide for people new to the sport.

More than 25,000 tickets went on sale to the general public this week and organisers are planning to engage new fans – i.e. those that wouldn’t know a knock-on from a put-in – by putting it all into one handy manual.

“The challenge is doing our best to help explain the laws of the game to people who are new to rugby while also not patronising or annoying fans who really do understand it,” an ER2012 spokesman said. “We have appointed a company to do it and are still finalising our plans.

“It is about taking the core principles of things like ref-link [which allows supporters to listen to the comments of the match referee via an earphone], which works really well and how we can extend that to the big screens in the stadiums.

“It involves everything around how we present the sport to the spectators in the venue and there will be an explanatory element to it, but we need to make sure we do it in a way that works for people who already know rugby very well.”