When we think of rugby, we normally think of the violence of the game. I’m not going to lie, I play rugby, and at nearly every game I’ve been to over the last five years of playing, someone has gotten hurt. Most of the times it is something really minor such as a sprained ankle or a broken finger, and occasionally it’s something more moderate like a concussion, these happen very rarely in rugby games when compared to American Football. During my five years of playing nearly every week, I have never seen someone brought to the hospital for a life or death injury, so if this is what you are afraid of it is not a good excuse. Moving along, one of the greatest things about Rugby is the camaraderie amongst your teammates.
When I played in college, we used to have a few teammates rooming together. We creatively named the place, Rugby House. We had a lot of fun there, after every game, there is something called a drink up, and all of the players go and have a party. It is truly one of the most interesting and greatest things about Rugby to see both teams who tried to kill each other a few minutes earlier, drinking as friends, or at the very least not as enemies. Another great thing is that many of the players help each other out with jobs and other things. You don’t really find this in many other sports. The Rugby community really tries to help its own.
If you don’t feel like you are in your peak physical shape. Don’t worry; a rugby team requires people of all shapes and sizes. There will be people on your team that are in great shape, and there will be people whose physical shape can only be politely described as round. We truly need people of all shapes and sizes. Not every sport is like this. Another thing you really don’t need to worry about is being a beginner.
In America, rugby is primarily a club sport, there are very few professional teams, and rugby is only now taking off. While some of the players in the bigger cities may have started when they were children. Most people pick up the game during college, or after, this also includes many members of our national team. I myself only started playing when I turned 18. Don’t worry if you are a beginner. Many Rugby clubs will turn you into a great player. It will be hard in the beginning but if you stick with it, you can do great things.
Lastly, Rugby is a team sport, during a game there is a lot of pressure, you may not like what happens but you will have to deal with it, there will be times when the referee’s are biased, or when your captain makes you sit on the bench. In Rugby, respect for authority is one of the first things that you learn; playing Rugby will make you a more disciplined person.
In conclusion, everyone should try Rugby at least once in his or her lives, it is mostly safe, and it can be one of the best decisions in your life.