Rugby is the new black in romance, with rugby heroes popping up between book covers everywhere.
But what’s the poor reader to do who doesn’t know the difference between a scrum and a ruck?
Luckily, many countries take their rugby very seriously—so seriously that the World Rugby published a guide called Laws of the Game: Rugby Union where you can even take an online test and download a personalised awareness certificate (!). Aside from assisting followers to understand the game, the guide is also unintentionally hilarious for dirty-minded romance writers like myself.
Here’s five terms which while they sound like they belong in an erotic romance are actually culled from real rugby commentary and rules.