Rugby

  1. Exercise Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Here in the UK and around the globe we are all facing huge changes to our daily lives due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Since March many countries have been in lockdown with residents allowed outside for only certain activities. In the UK outdoor exercise has been on the allowed list throughout. Initially everyone was permitted to go out for exercise once per day for an hour, while following strict social distancing guidelines. Since May 2020 the guidance has been altered to allow unlimited exercise, but social distancing rules remain.

    Exercise is more important now than ever. With many peoples usually active lifestyle at a standstill and gym facilities, both indoor and outdoor, closed it is easy to become more sedentary. Add to this boredom eating, and the negative mental health effects of such a drastic lifestyle change, exercise could be a helpful focus for many people.  So, we thought we would take a look at the different types of exercise available, the social distancing guidance for each and how you can get started if your usual exercise type is currently unavailable.

    Social Distance Running

     

    In the UK running has been one of the go-to activities throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, and it is easy to see why. Most people can have a go at running even if they have never done it before, there are loads of free/cheap apps to help get you started such as Couch to 5K Runner. The only equipment that is essential is a pair of running trainers, and you can do it by yourself or with other family members.

    If you already go out running or are inspired to give it a go after almost two months of lockdown, there are just a few things to bear in mind to ensure that you comply with social distancing rules.

    1. Maintain a 2-metre distance wherever possible – as a runner you are likely to overtake people walking on the pavement, be sure to do so at a safe distance, consider crossing the r
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  2. A Christmas Gift Guide for Rugby Players

    christmas gift ideas rugbyThe Christmas countdown is on, so to help you with the stressful festive shopping period, we have put together this handy set of gift guides to help inspire you. This week’s gift guide is catered for rugby players and supporters. Within this article we are going to look at a range of present ideas in a number of price budgets to ensure that you can find the perfect gift for your loved one with ease.

    The types of Rugby gift ideas you can discover in this article are:

    • Novelty presents
    • Rugby clothing and equipment
    • Rugby experience gifts
    • Rugby training gadgets
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  3. Looking Forward to the 2019 Rugby World Cup

    rugby world cupIn just a few months’ time, we have the 2019 Rugby World Cup scheduled to take place in Japan. Therefore, to get us in the mood for the new tournament, which is on the horizon, within this article we are going to explore the national rugby competition in depth. From discussing how the games are structured to the current performance of each squad, we are going to cover everything you need to know about the pending tournament. 

    Topics covered in this article are:

    • How the scheduling works
    • Pools for the upcoming tournament
    • Performance of the teams involved
    • Predictions based on performance
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  4. All You Need to Know About Women’s Rugby

    Have you ever thought about playing rugby as a woman or did you even know that there was such a thing as a female rugby league? Then this is the article for you! Ladies sports in general aren’t as well celebrated and televised as that of men's, which is why you have probably never thought about the sport until reading this article, or maybe you dabbled with it a bit during school Physical Education lessons.

    This article has been put together in order to provide you with an in-depth look into the sport, covering all you need to know. From the struggles faced by previous women’s teams to how you can get involved today, whether it’s to try out for a team or to watch your local club play.

    History of Ladies RugbyWomens Rugby

    Records of rugby being played by ladies’ date back to the 1800s. However, back then contact sport was deemed improper for women and players feared backlash if it was revealed they were playing rugby. This is why most of the games back then were played in secret so the details about them are very scarce.

    But what we do know is that in 1884 the first girl to play rugby was Emily Valentine, her brothers set up the school’s male rugby team and she trained alongside them in the sport. And eventually she ended up playing with the team for the school and scoring a try two years later. Plus, only a few years after this in 1891, documentation shows the first ever female squad was formed and took to New Zealand for a tour. This was unfortunately cancelled as the public were enraged at such a concept of an all ladies’ rugby team.

    Moving forward, during WW1 ladies would play charity rugby matches and the first team to play in front of a large crowd were Australian. Shortly after their first match they received considerable pressure from the police whic

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  5. American Football versus Rugby: Understanding the Key Differences

    For the uninitiated, rugby and American football can look remarkably similar to one another. Yes, some differences are immediately apparent — rugby is much more often a "free for all" compared to the rigidly structured plays one finds in the National Football League in the USA. That said, the similarities aren't a coincidence: both sports share a common ancestor, a sport developed by the British in the 1800s. Over time, the two games diverged, the modern rulesets emerged, and both pursuits developed their own passionate and dedicated fan bases. Today, rugby remains far less popular in North America than in other nations around the world, and American football is largely just that: American.

    Even so, there are plenty of intriguing similarities to note between the games alongside their differences. Are you curious about how the mechanics of the two games compare? From the size of the playing field to the way scoring works and American Football versus Rugby Infographiceven how the game allows players to come on and off the field, you'll find there are plenty of links that tip us off to the common origin for these games. Settle in and get ready to learn about how to tell these two cousins apart.

     

    Understanding the rugby pitch and the football field

     

    Looking at the playing field is the easy place to begin making our comparisons. At first glance, especially from a distance, it can seem like the fields are almost identical in size. To a certain extent, that can be true — but the core difference here is that a rugby pitch is somewhat larger than an American football field.

    For the Americans, whose sport still favours the Imperial system, the playing fie

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  6. Diet of a Professional Rugby Player: Learn how to eat like the pros

    Put on a professional rugby game and watch a whole match, and one thing should stand out above everything else: the sheer physicality of the players involved. While football requires endurance and American football requires strength and agility, rugby requires all these things in spades. Not only are the rugby players you see in professional leagues at the top of their game skill-wise, but they're also often close to their peak physical condition. Otherwise, there's no way they'd be able to take the hits they do and keep on scrambling for the ball play after play. It's a testament to their commitment to training for the game they love. How do they do it, though? It's not just a matter of packing in cardio. Beyond a tough and demanding exercise regimen, rugby players know they need to eat well, too. They burn tonnes of calories both practising and playing, and their bodies need plenty of nutrients to aid in the recovery process and prepare for the next round of intense activity. We can learn some valuable lessons from these types of diets, even if they might overall be too much for the average person to handle. Let's break down the ways that these athletes approach their diet and touch upon how to mix in the appropriate training, too.

    Protein dominates the rugby player's dietdiet of a professional rugby player protein

    Perhaps the most essential part of the rugby player's diet, protein powers up their bodies and primes their muscles for growth. Without an adequate intake of protein, there is no way a pro will be able to develop the right amount of power and strength necessary to survive in the scrum. Most athletes will supplement their natural protein intake with protein shakes, usually before or after a workout and near

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  7. The Absolute Essentials for Any Rugby Kit

    2nd November 2017.What sport provides more of a raw challenge than rugby? Even American football, a distant cousin to rugby and with its fair share of rough handling, doesn't match the level of full contact aggression you'll find in rugby. That's part of what makes it so appealing. Not only is every hard-fought victory that much sweeter, but the physical strength required to play the game on a regular basis demands robust physical fitness. That demand provides plenty of motivation to stay fit so that when it's your time to shine on the pitch, you can make the big plays and win the day. Before you can do that, however, you'll need to make sure you've got the proper gear. From the clothes on your back to the guard in your mouth, there's a lot that goes into a good rugby kit. What should you focus on, and what types of items are the most important to have? It's worth taking the time to consider carefully what you'll need to enjoy the game while also staying safe. It's all too easy to injure yourself in a scrum, after all, and no one wants to be out of commission for weeks! Choosing the right kit involves considering what you need most. Let's take a closer look at what a typical rugby player uses.

    Get the basic clothing right first

    The look of a rugby player is iconic ? so that's the place you should always begin. A good jersey that fits well is the first order of business. Your primary decision will come down to how tightly you wish it to fit and whether you want a collar. The traditional look features a larger collar, but some players dislike this as it provides another place for opposing team members to grasp your jersey. It?s mostly personal preference, but comfort also comes into play as well. Jerseys using a polyester blend will "breathe" more easily while also holding their colours longer; cotton tends to absorb too much sweat and can feel uncomfortable. Also, consider that you may not

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