- Some rugby being played
So the Rugby World Cup is here. It has crept up on us like a crouching predator in the thicket and now it has pounced. I am not sure if that simile makes sense but you get the picture.
It’s time for all you fans of the sport to get excited. Bars will be humming to the buzz of the build up and once that first ball is kicked the entire country will be enthralled by the roar of rugby fanatics from John O Groats to Lands End.
Or will it? This year the World Cup is taking place in New Zealand, so the match times are rather awkward for people in the Northern Hemisphere. So, why not get all of your mates over to yours and turn your living room into the perfect pub?
A good TV
This is important, if you want to persuade your mates to head to your house in the early hours of the morning to watch the games. You will need to be able to offer a good view. I admit that it is a little late to go out and buy a TV, considering the World Cup starts today, but if you can; make sure they will want to watch it on your telly.
Drinks and bar snacks
Now you can’t sit and watch something as thrilling as the Rugby World Cup without some appropriate refreshments.
- Mmmm pork scratchings
For a lot of you, this will mean bringing in crates of beer or lager. However you have to remember that the matches are on early in the morning so drink responsibly. Don’t turn up to work drunk, it won’t go down well, trust me.
Here’s an idea, why not theme your drinks depending on who your team are playing? Everyone knows England have Scotland in their group; therefore English fans could pay tribute to their opposition by drinking McEwens Scottish ale or maybe a cheeky Irn Bru. When England face Argentina you could drink the famous Argentine beer Cerveza Quilmes, if you can get hold of it.
Pub snacks are also of optimum importance. Make sure you get it right
because there is nothing worse than one of your mates coming back from the bar with the wrong type of crisps or nuts. If you want your
home to be the top venue to watch the Rugby World Cup then you need to bring in the big boys. I’m talking about pork scratchings, peanuts and salt and vinegar crisps.
Bar stools add to the authenticity of your ‘pub at home’ feel, but what you really need are some lovely comfy sofas, maybe even a bean bag. My granddad liked to sit on an old drum that he got from Singapore, but that is neither here nor there. What I am trying to say is make sure there are enough seats for everyone and make sure they are comfortable.
- a lonely monkey
Invite your friends
Now you have the right TV, the right drinks; alcoholic and non alcoholic, and the perfect seating arrangement, now all you need are some mates to watch the games with. Otherwise you will be like the lonely monkey (pictured). It will be hard to entice your mates over at 7am to watch a game of rugby, but you can do it, I believe in you. Be as persuasive as possible and in the end your living room will be full of eager rugby beavers.
I hope this has been of some help to you. If it doesn’t work then you can just sit and watch every game on your own, it isn’t that depressing, unless you end up eating all the pork scratching, crisps, nuts and drink every beverage you prepared. That may end up in you feeling a little ill. Anyway, the Rugby World Cup kicks off today so enjoy!