Why do I read so many rugby union books : choosing my niche

Last Update: December 13, 2018

Rugby, in itself, is not the deciding factor on why I read so many rugby union books and, in particular, rugby union biographies.


Rather, it is the spirit of striving, of persevering, of courage and of achievement -- traits that keep cropping up across all other sports and, more importantly, in all facets of life -- that turns me into a voracious reader.

I could have read about these traits in other areas. And have.

But rugby union is a game that I have played, reported on, and have traversed continents just 'to be there' to witness first hand a historical moment.

So choosing rugby union as my niche is a fate that I cannot be released from.


I do not expect others to be interested in my niche as much as I do. To even like it. In fact, I expect many to dislike it. As with any subject-matter, it can be a bore if it is not your interest.

And whatever your inclinations towards my passion, I am comfortable with it.


But whatever your interests, whatever my interests, our passions are our social icebreakers. They can be the bridges that aligns your perspective with mine. They can be the attraction that draws us to becoming brothers.

And I welcome all comments that states your proclivities. We can have a ripping discussion on the pros and cons of our interests. You would be surprised by how many similarities rugby union has with knitting, for example. Or chess. Or paintball. Or wine growing. Or fishing.

That is why the average rugby union player engages in a few other games and hobbies as well.


Just don't be banal.

I am prepared for you to disagree with my views. And I encourage you to broaden my horizons and define for me why.

And I ask you accord me the same intellectual courtesy.

Our varying perceptions makes for a richer world.


In short, rugby union biographies expand my horizons. Which prompted me to share my Top 10 all time favourite rugby union biographies on forwardandback.com (still in the process of drafting the 2nd and 3rd articles).

But there are some which I regretably have read that I resent the reading hours wasted. I am compelled to write my Top 10 "should never have been published" rugby biographies. Because they offered me no insight, no opinion of their own. Nothing. These were just a waste of the trees killed for their publication.

Fortunately, these are few and far between. Otherwise, I would never have had a hobby to sustain me; and a niche to call my own.

[DISCLOSURE: above was produced in the spirit of Level 4, Lesson 7.]

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JKulk1 Premium
I agree with Vicki, it's a great sport. On my list it's second only to Aussie Rules. All the Best. Jim
CathAnon Premium
I can understand why. I really admire Aussie Rules' athleticism; and it's a great sport to watch live.
Vickic3 Premium
What a great niche
CathAnon Premium
thank you :)