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Dr D. Bruno Starrs
on Jan. 18, 2013 :
As an Aussie rugby 'tragic' from way back (I played my first game in 1972, alongside my schoolmate David Campese, when the Queanbeyan Whites were close to unbeatable. Carn the Whites!), I was enthusiastic about tackling this novel (forgive the pun!). And on the whole, it delivered.
Strozier is obviously passionate about the gentleman's game played by unpadded madmen, but his stated goal of explaining the sport to his fellow Americans detracted considerably from this reviewer's reading pleasure. Also, his penchant for capitalising rugby terms like scrum and maul was a little annoying. Perhaps another round of editing is called for.
This nitpicking aside, however, I'm happy to rate "Second Row American Rugby" well and I give it 4 stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)