Almanack: Wrong number

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A Rugby League vignette: during a recent match the Swinton coach decided to replace one of his props. The bench prepared to raise the appropriate number board. But his number was obscured by mud. An official on the bench shouted to the player about to be substituted: 'What's your number?' The player appeared puzzled. The request was repeated. The prop was confused. Exasperated, the official screamed: 'What's your f***ing number?' The player ambled towards the bench. 'Wigan 36892,' he said.