In the spring of 2015 I watched my very first rugby game. And I was kind of hooked!
My son had been invited out to practice one day and two days later played his first game. I wasn’t too happy about his participation at first – so I totally understand if you are feeling the same about your child’s interest in the game. In fact, I was secretly hoping it would be a short-lived phase! But when he kept going and started talking about attending a rugby academy for his grade nine year, I decided I better have a chat with the coach and find out what this nonsense was all about.
Everything changed when I met with Tom Woods.
There’s no denying that rugby is a rough, full contact team sport but it is also so much more. Rugby teaches team work, discipline and commitment. Players can be fierce rivals on the field and best friends off. They respect the coaches, the referees, each other, and most importantly themselves. There is a sense of brotherhood within the sport where players support each other on and off the field. I couldn’t deny the positive attributes that playing rugby could bring. I was convinced that it just may be the perfect outlet for my growing boy’s energy, and so we said yes to the academy and life as a rugby mum began!
I have always been an ice hockey fan – the power, speed and creativity that the athletes demonstrate is awe-inspiring. Suddenly I found rugby providing the same thrills! I don’t recall when I went from hoping my son would move on to something “safer” and when I became an all-out fan (aka rugby freak) but it didn’t take long at all.
The only problem with my newfound interest in the game was figuring it out. Trying to get answers from a teenager isn’t the easiest at the best of times and so I found myself asking questions of other spectators. Slowly I learned things like how the scoring works, some basic rules of the game and even that all cleats are not created equal. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. And some days, the more I talked to other parents the more I realized they didn’t know anymore than I did.
Interest in the sport of rugby is growing quickly in these parts but there aren’t a whole lot of sites on the web written for beginners. And that’s why I am creating this site. A beginner’s guide to rugby created for everybody who wants to watch, learn and support rugby. I hope you find the information here useful and that you will recommend my site to your friends.
Della Credicott lives with her family in beautiful Victoria British Columbia, home of Rugby Canada.