One of the most successful and well-known New Zealand plays is also compelling reading on the page. The power, humour and irony of the language all serve to illustrate a penetrating analysis of New Zealand society, as seen through the lens of sport.
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Alison Quigan anyway arse ball bastards beer begins boot boys Bruce Mason Brucie bugger captain CLEAN and IRISH CLEAN'S coach coming cunt DB's door exits fart feel floundering fluff FORESKIN'S LAMENT forwards front fuck fucken game fullback funny goes going grabs Greg McGee guts hand head hell homosexuality IRISH and MEAN Jesus jockstrap jolly good fellows KEN'S leg Kenny kick shit ladies lads LARRY enters LARRY'S leave lineout liniment listen look MEAN'S Mervyn Thompson moron Morrinsville Myrtle never Ngapuk nice night Oh yes okay Pause FORESKIN Pause MOIRA Pause TUPPER piss play the game pull puts Roger Hall ruck rugby gear Rugby Union Saturday scrum Seymour shower sorry Springboks stands sure talking Taranaki tell There's thing trying unaccustomed verandah wait walnut wee Arnold Whaddarya What's whistle Who's worried Yeah