The Benefits Of Swimming For Rugby Players

Rugby is a tough sport and requires intense training to make it on the field. It combines speed, power, strength, fitness, and agility making it great for your cardiovascular & overall health. When training as a rugby player you must incorporate workouts that include running, sprinting, plyometrics, weight training, mobility & agility training. While all of these exercises will get you in the shape you need to be in to succeed in the sport of Rugby, they can also be hard on your body. Most of these exercises are high impact and can generate a lot of soreness and muscle fatigue. What is the best way to still train hard but also offset some of these high impact training strategies?

Swimming Workouts For Rugby Players

Arizona based pool deck & concrete overlay company, New Look Kool Deck & More LLC, finished a pool deck overlay for a facility where Phoenix rugby players train. With the intense summer heat, pool workouts have become a staple for this rugby team, and their players are also seeing an improvement in gameplay as well as slightly fewer injuries! To ensure they stay safe while doing pool workouts an overlay was added to the deck surrounding the pool to allow the surface to remain cool even when temperatures reach over 100 degrees. The team then incorporated both in water & out of water exercises to maximize their training!

Swimming for rugby players has been found to improve mobility, the water helps support bodyweight so joints are under less duress, allows you to isolate both the upper & lower body, and water can have anti-inflammatory properties relieving your muscles, tendons, and joints of pressure & weight.

With a pool deck to accommodate various circuit training stations and the water a great place to build endurance, swimming is a great workout for those living the rugby player life!

Rugby’s Most Common Injuries

Rugby is a tough sport that combines hard running with the contact & tackling associated with American football. It is definitely not a sport for the frail or weak. In fact, you have to train hard and play hard if you want to make it in this game. That being said, playing the sport of Rugby does come with a high potential risk of different injuries. What are the most common injuries associated with the sport of Rugby?

Rugby’s Most Common Injuries

Most Rugby injuries occur during matches rather than training and they usually tend to happen in the 2nd part of the game when the players are most fatigued. It has also been found that 1 in 4 rugby players will get injured during the season. And with numbers like that, it is practically inevitable that multiple players will get hurt on one team. Among the injuries that are most prevalent:

  • Muscle strains/Bruising
  • Sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Over-Use Injuries
  • Neck Injuries

It has also been found that a Rugby player’s risk of injury increases when exposed to different levels of experience in players. Those playing the forward position also tend to suffer more injuries than players in other positions. Rigby also has 3 times more injuries than American football, which is crazy if you think about it! So that means you have to be one tough cookie to survive to play this sport. Physical conditioning and agility play a huge roll in your individual risk of injury too. It is also said that with the right pre-season conditioning program that gradually increases intensity and duration, your chances of injury during the season can decrease immensely. It is also important to practice the correct tackling techniques & correct falling techniques to help minimize the absorption of the full impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Women Rugby Teams

Rugby is not as popular as baseball, soccer, or football, but it certainly is rising in popularity as it combines the tackling of American football with the pace of soccer. And while some don’t consider rugby to be a woman’s sport due to the physical harshness of the game, many women from across many countries are competing in a rugby league of their own.

Brief History

In the 19th Century, Women playing contact sports was considered to be disrespectful, and hence when women tried to organize a set of matches in 1881, it led to riots. Women still played a little during WWI and other occasions, and a women’s rugby league was even formed in Australia in 1930. While women were making progress, many countries still saw women in contact sports as a taboo. That would all change in the 1960s, as the first women’s club match took place in France in 1968. And from that, the first national association was formed in the 1970s. In the 1970s women’s rugby even spread into the US as 4 universities were playing it by 1972. Rugby leagues began popping up in countries across the world and the game was even introduced in Japan in 1981. In 1990, the first worldwide tournament, RugbyFest, was held in New Zealand where 4 national teams, the USA, New Zealand, USSR, and Netherland’s along with other club teams battled for the first even women’s trophy. New Zealand won. And in the following year, the first women’s rugby world cup took place where the US won. Another world cup followed up in 1994 where England won. And the World Cup has been held around every 4 years since, with the 2021 World Cup set to be held in New Zealand for the first time.

Top 10 Women’s Rugby Teams 

  • New Zealand
  • England
  • Canada
  • France
  • USA
  • Italy
  • Australia
  • Wales
  • Spain
  • Ireland

Fort Collins Flamingo’s-Rugby For All

Rugby is the most popular amateur game to be played by not only women but men and youth as well. In fact, it is estimated that there are over 100,000 Americans who play the sport and more than 1,400 different Rugby clubs throughout the United States. The great thing about this beloved sport is that it does not discriminate against sex, age or athletic ability when playing in clubs or on community teams. One of the greatest Rugby organizations enjoyed by women, men and kids is actually found in Fort Collins Colorado!

The Northern Colorado Flamingos were founded in 1978 by a group of Colorado State University graduates and boast 30 plus active members as of today, with games every Saturday. The Flamingos are members of the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union and provide the sponsorship of coaches to Fort Collins Youth Rugby Program. The Rugby Football Union is made up of 30 different teams in 5 divisions: Premiere, Divison 2, Collegiate, Women, and Youth, with Fort Collins being one of the 6 Divison 2 clubs with teams from Denver, Colorado Springs, Greely, and Glennwood Springs. Nicole, who owns a Fort collins plumbing company, Hahn Plumbing, plays in the Women’s division and not only loves the game but also the way it brings different cities and communities together. Being that teams from Denver and Greely are incorporated into her division she has been able to network and connect with male and female rugby players. In fact, some nights during the week you can find a handful of people from different teams and different cities playing a pickup game of rugby at one of the many great parks throughout their Northern Colorado area. 

Generally, the season is split in two with the Fall season in September/October and the Spring season in March/April. The Flamingos also play in many tournaments throughout the year, such as the well-known prestigious and very competitive Aspen Rugby Fest in Las Vegas. Then there are the matches against the mountain and collegiate clubs from Vail, Breckenridge, and Steamboat. The year is rounded out with The Flamingo’s 7 tournament that they put on every year during the second week in May. So, while there may be seasons splitting up the year Rugby most definitely is a year-round sport and a great social and extracurricular activity for many. With player’s mostly being in their mid to late 20’s there are still many that lay in the age range from 18-45. Players have a broad spectrum of jobs, income levels, and athletic abilities but it doesn’t stop them from forming a team and getting out on that field and really playing the game. If you are a dedicated rugby player it doesn’t matter if you are in Fort Collins Colorado Charleston or Upstate New York, you are sure to seek out the nearest Rugby league near you and get some field time in. With more players joining annually and more mainstream awareness of the sport, it looks as if Rugby and the teams making up the different divisions and clubs will only continue to grow.

 

Best Women Rugby Players

Determining the best women Rugby players has a lot to do with personal preference and also a lot to do with the skill level of said players. We have compiled our list of the best women Rugby players, who stand out for their contributions on the Rugby field and for their amazing skills and ability when it comes to this rugged sport. Check out our list of the best players and see how it compares to yours!

Portia-Woodman-RugbyPortia Woodman- She has been playing for the New Zealand Rugby Union since 2013. In her first year, she helped the Black Ferns win the World Cup Sevens in Russia. In 2017, she was awarded the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year, the same year New Zealand won the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Selica Winiata- Another member of the New Zealand Rugby Union, she debuted with the Black Ferns back in 2008. She was a vital role in helping New Zealand win the 2013 World Cup Sevens and the 2017 Women’s World Cup. She also has another profession as a police officer. 

Kendra Cocksedge- Here is another member of the New Zealand Rugby team. She debuted in 2007 as a teenager and has won 2 world cups in 2010 and 2017. She also won the 2013 World Cup Sevens. She was also named the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year in 2015

Cheryl Soon- She is a former Rugby Union player for Australia’s national team. In the 2010 World Cup, she helped Australia finish in 3rd place. 

Magali Harvey- She represents the Canadian National Team and was named the International Rugby Board Women’s Player of the Year in 2014. She earned a silver medal in the 2013 World Cup Sevens in 2013 and she earned another silver medal in 2014 in the Rugby Union World Cup

Natasha Hunt- She is an England Union Rugby player and she helped England win the 2014 World Cup and come in 2nd place in the 2017 Rugby Women’s World Cup.

Katherine-Merchant-RugbyKatherine Merchant- A former Rugby Union player for England, she helped England get 2nd place in the 2013 World Cup Sevens, as well as coming in 2nd place in the 2010 World Cup and winning the 2014 World Cup

Ana Poghosian- In Georgia, Rugby isn’t a popular sport for women. However, she is still regarded as one of the best Rugby Seven players today.

Margaret Alphonsi- She played for the England Rugby Union team and overcome a clubfoot to compete. She retired after England won the 2014 World Cup.

Rochelle Clark- She has represented England over the last 3 World Cups and currently has over  over her long career. 

Rules of Rugby

rugby-ballWhile closely related to futball (aka soccer) and American football, rugby has its own set of rules that make it unique. With its growing popularity, many are curious about how the sport is actually played. Here are the basics to know before you go out and play.

The basic rules are the same as say, American football or soccer, you and your team have to drive down the field and try and score for your team. Similar to football you can have the option of either scoring a try, penalty kick, or drop kick. A try is like a touchdown where you have the ball enter the teams end zone while a person is in possession of the ball. A penalty kick and drop kick are similar in that one person has to drop and then kick the ball in between the uprights. Unlike football you can drive the ball down the field by either running or kicking the ball. What happens once a player is tackled depends on what type of rugby you play, which will be covered soon. The scores start at zero and the team with the highest score wins. The clock also starts at zero and goes up, like in soccer. One concern that might freak out football watchers is the lack of helmets and other padding. While womens-rugby-leaugehead injuries do happen in rugby, it is just as dangerous if not less than football due to the fact that high speed collisions from multiple directions aren’t as common as football. There is more tackling, but it is at lower speeds and the tackler is almost always ahead of you. Hence, there is less head injuries. However, rugby is still not that completely safe due to the fact that it is a physical sport, precautions should be taken. In fact some more professional players are starting to wear padded head caps to lower head injuries, but the majority of players don’t.

Rugby Union vs Rugby League

  • The two types of rugby that are officially played. They rival each other in popularity with rugby union being just slightly more popular. While both are similar in terms of general rules, they each have some unique differences. The main differences are that,
  • Rugby league has 13 players per team with 10 substitutions, while rugby union has 15 players per team with 7 substitutions allowed
  • One team is allowed to be tackled six times before they must give possession of the ball to the other team in rugby league, whereas in rugby union once the player is tackled the person must let go of the ball and a giant fight for the ball ensues, and whoever grabs it can pick it up and start charging down the field until they are tackled
  • For scoring, a try is worth 5 points in union but only 4 in league. A penalty kick is worth 3 in union but only 2 in league. And finally, a drop goal is worth 3 in union but only 1 in league.
  • Due to the history of how the 2 leagues were started, rugby league is considered higher class than rugby union although the class separation isn’t as big as it once was

The History of Rugby

history-of-rugbyAlthough rugby isn’t as internationally popular as International football and American football, it still has its own dedicated following across many parts of the world as well as shows its history in some of the earliest games played by civilization. In fact rugby, American football, and international football all have a common ancestor. The ancient Greeks had a game called Episkyros andRoman civilization had a game called harpastum that had a mix of tackling, kicking, and running.This type of sport continued to progress across Europe throughout the centuries until the 19th century where many important changes happened.

Little Known Rugby Facts

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  • 1845 The first official rugby rules are established at the rugby school in Rugby, Warwickshire, England
  • 1863 The Football Association is formed that officially separated the civilized football and the more violent and physical rugby
  • 1871 Rugby Football Union is founded separating Rugby League from Rugby Union
  • 1898 Professional Rugby is officially established
  • 1900 Rugby is hosted at the Summer Olympics and continues until 1924
  • 1954 First Rugby League World Cup where Great Britain beat France
  • 1987 First Rugby Union World Cup where New Zealand beat France
  • 2016 Rugby Sevens is introduced at the Olympics where Fiji beat Great Britain

Rugby of Today

Many countries today participate in both forms of rugby, however here are just some of the countries that have a huge rugby following…

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  • Australia- Played all across Australia, especially in Queensland and New South Wales, and considered one of the national sports. They have a union team called the Wallabies that have competed in all 8 Rugby Union World Cups and have won two in 1991 and 1999. They have a league team called the Kangaroos with 11 League World Cup wins, the most of any country. Not to mention that almost all world cups are hosted or co-hosted with Australia.
  • New Zealand- New Zealand is the other big dog of rugby. They are often the co-host to Australia for the world cups. Their union team called the all blacks have won the most union rugby world cups with 3 and they won the League World Cup in 2008. Rugby union is even the official sport of the country and is obviously popular across the whole country.
  • France- France is the most populous country with a dedicated rugby following. Sadly, they have no league or union cup championships. But, south France considers league rugby to be the nations sport rather than football.
  • South Africa- South Africa’s love for rugby and football came directly from Great Britain when South Africa was a British colony. South Africa’s union team, the Springbok’s, hosted and won the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. This was considered as one of the greatest sporting victories in the post apartheid country, helping to bring unity. They won the union cup again in 2007. Rugby League isn’t popular.
  • England & Great Britain- The country that founded the sport has one of the biggest followings of rugby that is played everywhere by everyone. They have only won one union world cup in 2003, but have won 3 League World Cups

One thing is for sure, youmay never know how much yu enjoy either playing or watching rugby until you give the sport a try.  With sister sports like football taking most of the recognition it is easy to see how this great sport could go seemingly un-noticed. Once you get a taste of the sport of rugby we are pretty sure you will be a huge fan!

 

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womens-rugby-helloWelcome to our site dedicated to the sport of Women’s Rugby! We look forward to sharing our love for Rugby and all things pretaining to it. From workouts that get you in great playing shape, nutrition, and the sport itself to name a few we hope to showcase all aspects of playing both competitively for fun. We hope you enjoy our content and encourage our readers to actively share what we are about and our vision! Stay tuned for our first ful post coming soon!