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The jerseys

one mum each week
washed the team’s jerseys
but your shorts and socks
were your own concern

the player whose turn it was
took home in a canvas kitbag
the muddy tangle
collected from the shed

to be returned next Saturday
for distribution by the coach by number
always clean and dry and neatly folded
the bag clean and dry too

with fifteen men and reserves
it took longer than a season
to come round again
the weekday transformation

of the crumpled residue
of rucks and scrums and lineouts
tackling or diving over for a try
so when they ran out

along the halfway line before kick-off
forwards and halves
and midfield and outside backs
they did everyone proud