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11 things to do now the rugby season is over
There’s an oval shaped hole in your life. We know. Here’s a few suggestions to get over the difficult six weeks of summer.

Sleep in

It’s been a tough couple of months for all of us. What with getting up at the crack of 10.30 even on Saturday mornings. But there’ll be no more of that craic.

Oh, no: That bed is getting a good spin right up to lunchtime from now on.

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Or catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read

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Put some manners on the kids

Because if Pierre Spies needs to go this far, you should too.

If you don’t have kids, find some and bind them. Credit: @PierreSpies8

Work on your scrummaging

Hmm, maybe you shouldn’t try this at home if you’re a man of a certain weight.

YouTube credit: Micheal McEvoy

Learn to smoke a pipe

Maybe your will to live will return with the Pro12.

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With precious few rucks to clear out, lift a tractor tyre instead

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Tackle things you find around the house

Like snowmen. Shouldn’t be hard to find one of those in this weather… should it?

YouTube credit: jiphogan1

Top up that tan

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Find the beauty in other sports

A’boy, Boris.

YouTube credit: Gomes5050

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Pass the time by doing something fulfilling and really, really worthwhile

Charity? Oh yeah… yeah that’s totally what we had in mind sure.

We weren’t thinking of The 90s Button at all.

Via TheDailyEdge

Replace the physical contact by wading into some seriously forceful waves

Try not to look too non-plussed, Seanie.

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Pssst! If you’re really badly in need of a fix, there’s Super Rugby on

If you’re willing to keep getting up early you can catch the climax of the Super XV season… then the Rugby Championship, ITM Cup. Then the Pro12 will be back, Heineken Cup, internationals…

Sheesh! A rugby fan’s work is never done.

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