SARugbymag.co.za has 10 copies of Jonathan Kaplan’s new book, Winging It, to give away.
Kaplan, a former world record-holder for most Test caps as a referee, had his fair share of challenging moments on the field. He was known for his commitment to fair play, ability to defuse tense situations, and courage in making difficult, and sometimes controversial, decisions. All this would stand him in good stead and come back into play when, at the age of 47, he made two life-changing decisions.
The first was to blow his whistle for the last time and end his career as a professional rugby ref. The second was to become a parent – and a solo parent at that.
This is the story of Kaplan’s decision to have a baby by surrogate, the two-year fertility process that followed, and the subsequent birth of his son Kaleb.
Winging It draws on the insights of key role-players in his journey, including the extraordinary experience of the surrogate mother herself.
Exchanging rucks for reflux, mauls for milk bottles, scrums for storks (and other stories about Kaleb’s conception), this account of how Kaplan navigates the choppy waters of parenthood is disarmingly frank and scrupulously honest.
At times poignant and tender, and at others downright funny, this is a thoroughly contemporary take on what constitutes a family and how we dare to build one.
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How many Tests did Kaplan referee during his career?