“Found this in r/Ireland thought it fits well here,” a reddit user said, attaching a photo of a tongue-in-cheek Irish Examiner article from 2015.
That article was by Ask Audrey - the newspaper’s hysterical agony aunt “for ages, like” who a few years back helped ‘Karl from Berlin’ understand the rules of rugby, in true Audrey fashion.
The ‘helpful advice’ has since been picked up by various New Zealand media outlets following the All Blacks crushing victory over Ireland at the Rugby World Cup.
It goes something like this ...
"Guten Tag. I am in Cork for three months and see that everyone is watching the Rugby World Cup. Can you explain the rules?" Karl wrote.
"Here is my understanding of how it works," Audrey replied.
"The fat guys all run into each other, while the slightly slimmer guys stand in a line watching them. Eventually the fat guys get tired and have a lie down on top of each other.
The ball comes out the back of this lie down and the skinnier guys kick it back and forward to each other for half an hour. Then the fat guys wake up and start running into each other again
"Every now and again the referee stops play because someone dropped the ball. That's the only thing you are not allowed to do in rugby. Everything else would appear to be okay.
"Sometimes one group of fat guys pushes the other group over the line and there is some manly hugging, but no shifting like in soccer. After 80 minutes they add up the score and New Zealand wins."
The revived Irish Examiner column prompted many comments from Kiwis around the world.
"Sums up about what I know. I don't care about rugby, but I do at least like it when we win because it makes everyone else happy." wrote one.
While another added: “If someone explained rugby to me like that I might have started watching years ago”