Inspiring and irreverent by turns, Brian Levison’s anthology has drawn on rugby’s wealth of excellent writing. Frank Keating, P.G. Wodehouse, Alec Waugh, A.A. Thomson, John Reason, and Mick Imlah are among the distinguished names who have written movingly, amusingly, and entertainingly about the game they loved. Great players such as Brian O’Driscoll, Willie John McBride, J.P.R. Williams, Chester Williams, Colin Meads, Gavin Hastings, and Brian Moore give us a fascinating insider’s view, as does World Cup Final referee Derek Bevan, who reveals what it is like to try to control thirty powerful and often volatile men in a highly competitive situation.