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How To Become A Professional Rugby Player

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Just for a bit of fun this morning, we’re going to highlight the fastest way in which someone might become a professional rugby player. The game is incredibly popular in the UK, but there are also leagues in the US and Europe. While there isn’t as much money in the sport outside of Great Britain, there are still professionals playing all over the world. You just have to work a little harder to achieve your goals if you are not English. By following our simple guide, you will ensure you stand as much chance as anyone else of becoming a household name in the game of Rugby. Believe it or not, it’s probably not going to be as difficult as you think.

Work on your fitness levels

Unlike Golf and similar sports, you need to be exceptionally fit to make a name for yourself in the game of Rugby. Before you even start to work on your skills, you must bring your fitness levels up to scratch. You could pay for a membership at your local gym, but that is going to require some investment. Instead, we think you should start jogging around the streets in your local town. That is guaranteed to get your body in shape very quickly. If you want to work on your muscles, you can purchase some weights and do it at home.

Join a local team

Depending on where you live in the world, you might have to travel a reasonable distance to join a Rugby team. However, they can be found all over the UK, and there is at least one squad in every American state. You just have to search online to find the club nearest to you. Once you join, you should attend as many training sessions as possible in the hope of making the team. Presuming you manage to impress the coach, you should get a full strip, sports headbands, and some boots as soon as possible.

Impress the scouts

If you’re part of a reasonably successful and well-known Rugby team, scouts should come to watch your matches every so often. When that happens, you need to be on top form. Impressing the scouts will increase the chances of you being offered a placement at a professional club. When that happens, you are firmly on the road to achieving your dreams. You need to score as many tries as possible, and you must become a good defender if you want to stand out from the crowd.

Play well consistently

When you catch the eye of a scout, it is likely they will offer you a temporary contract. During the term of that contract, you must go above and beyond for the club. Never come in late to any training sessions and always follow the rules. With a bit of luck, they will put you on the field during a few games so you can show them your skills.

So long as you follow all those steps, your ambitions of becoming a professional Rugby player should become a reality. Good luck with that. You’ll get there if you keep moving forward and never give up.

Everything You Need to Know if You Want to Take up Rugby

Rugby is a competitive ball based sport that’s popular in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere. It’s one of the most active and physical sports played globally. And it’s often seen as a similar alternative to American football. Throughout the UK rugby in the principal sport played at many boys schools. Professional rugby has a World Cup every four years and in Europe has the 6 Nations annually.

If you’re looking to take up a fun, competitive sport that’s also a great way to keep fit rugby is perfect. But before you rush down to the local club and sign yourself up here’s some important things you’ll need to know before you take up rugby.

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The Rules

Familiarise yourself with the rules of the game. Even if you watch a lot of rugby and consider yourself knowledgeable, you should still brush up. The rules at an amateur level might differ from those at a professional level. You also need to get to know the rules so you can get the most enjoyment out of the game when you start playing. In a team sport it’s important everybody understands the rules of the game and contributes to the benefit of the team. Make sure you know the rulebook inside out, it might well help you with strategies, etc.

Gear and Equipment

You’ll also need to make sure you know about the relevant gear and equipment needed to play rugby. Of course, there are the balls, but these will get provided by whatever club you decide to join. You’ll need to make sure you have rugby shirts, gum shields and boots. Make sure you’ve got spares too. Depending on the standard you play at you might even need to think about investing in protective head gear. Make sure you have the essentials before you start playing, this will help you adapt to the game much better.

Be Careful

Something important that you need to remember is that rugby is a contact sport. And the people who play rugby are often of a large stature. Rugby often involves powerful players charging into one another. So the likelihood of injury can be fairly high. Rugby can be counted among the most dangerous mainstream sports. This is why you need to be careful and sensible when you’re playing. Make sure you follow your coach’s instructions and that you have all the right gear. You want to protect yourself the best way you can

League or Union

The other thing you need to know about rugby is that there are two different sorts of rugby. There’s rugby league and rugby union. The two are quite different, so you need to know the differences to decide which of the sports you’d like to take up. Rugby league tends to be faster and more agile while union tends to be more physical. If you’re of a smaller stature, you might be better suited to rugby league though not necessarily. Also, be aware that the rules differ between the two formats as well. Make sure you’re knowledgeable about both league and union before committing to playing one or the other.

Rugby League and the Rugby League Four Nations 2014 I Missed

Rugby League and the Rugby League Four Nations 2014 I MissedOn Saturday New Zealand beat neighbouring nation Australia on home soil at Wellington’s 34,500-seater Westpac Stadium in a thrilling climax to what was possibly a thrilling and spectacular Rugby League competition.

I say what was possibly because, and this might just be me, I don’t feel the BBC promoted or advertised it particularly well.  Although I wouldn’t claim to be a diehard fan of Rugby League as such, it is one of the sports I enjoy watching and would definitely have followed England’s progression through it, as well as Samoa, Australia and winners New Zealand had I known it was actually going to be on.

Even if there were lots of people who did know about this tournament being broadcast on the BBC, I really do believe that rugby in general, but rugby league gets overlooked and is often categorised along with school sports, which is nonsense.

Fairer Share of the Schedule for All British Sports

Although this country has suffered defeats to the big international teams such as Australia, New Zealand and France in the past, there is still a lot to be excited about as an English rugby fan.  I am not saying that football, athletics, formula 1 and the other sports that seem to be covered heavily should not be covered or promoted; but rather the schedule should be shared evenly across the broad range of sports that are played at national and especially international levels in the country.

It would also help if the newspapers, television channels and other outlets of the media actually treated rugby league as a proper professional sport.  It has always confused me that one of the sports that along with football and netball are played up and down the country at school and college level is not covered at the higher levels enough on the television.

Better Programming for Rugby and Rugby League

There also should be a better results/highlights show because Super League Show is not as good as it really could be.  It should be essentially the rugby league version of Match of The Day, but again there is a real bias, particularly on the BBC towards the type of sports they want to show and broadcast and spend time developing punditry shows on.

Public Lack Awareness of the Great Rugby League Players

The troubling thing is that I believe there are fans out there who would appreciate being able to see rugby league on the TV on a weekly basis.  It is a sad thing that people who don’t even follow sport can tell you who George Best, Torvill and Dean, John Barnes, Eric Bristol, Andy Murray, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kevin Pietersen, Frank Lampard, Lewis Hamilton and even Jonny Wilkinson all are, but I am betting if you ask the same people to name one rugby league player such as legends of the sport like Jimmy Ledgard, Roger Millward, Jonty Parkin and modern stars of the game such as Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield, Jodie Broughton and Luke Gale; they would only be able to name maybe one, if any at all!