Rugby read #3: Sitting on the Fence by Bill Nagelkerke

With only 3 weeks to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off, we want to share some rugby reads with you.  If you love rugby and reading, then these books are for you.  This week’s Rugby Read is Sitting on the Fence by Christchurch author, Bill Nagelkerke.

It is 1981 and Martin senses big trouble brewing at home.  The South African rugby team has been invited to tour New Zealand.  Martin’s sister, Sarah, is out to stop the tour in protest against South Africa’s racist apartheid system.  His rugby-mad dad is equally determined that the tour should go ahead.  Martin wishes the whole thing would simply go away.

“You just fence-sit like a dumb bunny,” Sarah tells him.  But Martin would just rather not take sides.

Then a new school leads to a new friendship, and Martin is faced with a choice.  He can walk away, or he can become involved in something that will end up being bigger than anybody could have predicted.  The story is based on the Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand in 1981 when the nation was divided between pro and anti tour supporters.

Recommended for 9+

6 Responses so far

  1. 1

    ashhleigh said,

    this was a really good book

  2. 3

    Harley said,

    Hi, I was wondering if there was any important things in the first quarter of the book. Thanks. 🙂

    • 4

      zackids said,

      I’m not sure what you mean Harley. The start of every book is important as it sets up the story and you get to know the characters. If you haven’t read that part of the book I’d suggest you go back and read it so you can understand the story.

  3. 5

    Rhiannon =D said,

    I ❤ this book, its one of the best My Stories, and I normally don't like much of the My Stories!!!

  4. 6

    Rhiannon =D said,


Comment RSS

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: