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Rugby, fitness & me

Updated: Feb 21, 2019


Rugby, fitness & me

My first experience playing sport took place when I was very young.

My parents signed me up for a local rugby club, as they had done previously with my older brothers. I was only 6-years-old at the time, a little thing, but playing rugby (as above) turned out to be a very important part of my life. From that point on my relationship with the game was mutual and natural.

In short, I loved the game.

The first thing you learn when playing rugby is that physical contact is the constantly beating heart of the game. Learning this key principle is an exciting feeling that comes mixed with a fair amount of apprehension (fear even). You don't know what is going to happened once you get out on the field, or how you are going to feel once the game begins, though you understand it is a serious and engaged activity that you are about to take part in.

The next thing I learned after I started to regularly play the game was that I could trust my body to do the things it needed to do if I believed that I could do those things. You also learn very quickly, as you gain experience with the game, that as with every serious sport, your mental and physical strength are linked and related to your success out on the field.

Another aspect of rugby that you learn when you play the game is that you have to be consistently strong and have good stamina to be successful when on the field.<