Three of my poems were included in the recently released
anthology of rugby poetry called Touchlines. It is mainly
about the history of New Zealand rugby and the All Blacks.
It is a wonderful tour through historic newspapers unearthing
many gems on famous rugby players of long ago i.e. the All Black
Originals of 1905/06 and the Invincibles of 1924/25 up to and
including recent legends like Sir John Kirwan and 2011 World Cup
star Piri Weepu.
The book is edited by All Blacks historian Ron Palenski and my
three poems in it are 'Scrum-feed' for Piri Weepu, 'The Cup' for
Richie McCaw and 'The Wandering Bard' for poet Ernest L Eyre (a
life member of the North Shore Rugby Club).
My own grandfather Tom Lawn (a club player 1919-1929) coached
the North Shore Club back in 1938 with Bert Cooke, the All Black
Invincible of 1924/25.
I also guest edited the
Tuesday Poem blog, 30 April 2013, with an All Blacks poem by
Robert J Pope from the book I recently published called King
Copies of Ron Palenski's Touchlines: An Anthology of Rugby
Poetry can be purchased direct from the NZ Sports Hall of
Fame, Dunedin. Price $22.00NZ. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies can be purchased by credit card on telephone 64 3
477 7775. Website: http://nzhalloffame.co.nz