Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Crouch.Touch. Pause.Engaged; Rugby-Loving Couple Find Perfect Match

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Crouch.Touch. Pause.Engaged; Rugby-Loving Couple Find Perfect Match

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Byline: Alastair Craig

THEY took a punt on love when they began an online friendship sparked by their love of rugby.

Now their romance is about to convert to marriage.

Colin Edge and Michelle Jenkins met on the fans' forum linked to Premiership club Newcastle Falcons.

For months the lovebirds knew each other only as Monkey1 and Crouch 'n' Hold, their chatroom nicknames.

Crouch 'n' hold is a play on a rugby referee's instructions on setting a scrum, when he tells the players to "crouch, touch, pause, engage." Colin and Michelle would spend hours messaging on from their homes in Morpeth and Bristol, where Michelle grew up.

And a chance meeting at an away game in Gloucester was the start of a great romance for the rugby-mad pair, who have now decided to marry.

"Colin was wearing a Falcons shirt with Monkey1 on the back so I knew straight away it was him," said Michelle.

"I went over to introduce myself and we had a spark straight away. The rest is history." "Who would have that when I caught the train from Bristol to Gloucester for the quarter finals that saying 'Hello, I'm Crouch 'n' Hold' would have led to this." The season ticket holders first started chatting online about four years ago and met for the first time in a bar before the Falcons' European Cup tie at Gloucester in 2005.

Colin, 44, a signmaker, popped the question last week and the couple are now considering a rugby-themed wedding..

"I went down on two knees because I'm not getting any younger," he said. "It was at about 1am in the middle of Hebron where we live. Thankfully she said yes.

"I never thought for a minute that I would meet my future wife on the forum but I'm very happy I did. We share a passion for rugby and that's how it all started. We're both very happy." The couple now live together in

Hebron, near Morpeth, Northumberland, after Michelle moved North to be with Colin - and closer to her beloved Falcons. …

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