Hannah Hall

Ruck And Roll

May 01, 2018
Four reasons to join your local rugby team

Women’s rugby is a sport notorious for being physical and leaving players with bruises, scratches and, sometimes, a high number of injuries. Off the feld though, the rugby atmosphere is unique in its camaraderie both within and with other teams.

And if you ever thought that women’s rugby was made up of a group of large, masculine women who run around a feld unremorsefully hitting each other, I can tell you right now that neither of those is true. Women’s rugby is just like any other sports team, made up of a group of strong individuals who sign up to play one of the hardest sports in the world, and love every minute of it.

Everyone who plays can agree that there is nothing better. But, just in case you need some more convincing, here are some of the many reasons why you should fnd your local team and sign up.


Playing rugby makes you fast, agile, and strong. It's physically and mentally straining, but recognising the ability to push yourself to the limit is an incredible accomplishment.

It's a contact sport, scary at frst but you go on the feld and you feel powerful. You feel like you have total control of your body, of your mind, and of the game. There is nothing like the feeling of tackling someone, running with the ball, or scoring a try.


There is a spot for any person on a team, regardless of shape or size. Front row players are solid and powerful. Locks are tall and strong. Back lines are quick, resilient, and have unbelievable endurance. Some girls can run forever. Even a scrum half who is 5'1 can fnd her niche.


Rugby players know how strong and capable they are. Learning how to tackle teaches us that no matter your size, you can take anyone down with the right technique. Tackling low and wrapping your arms around the opposing player will take them down, no matter how big they may be.


Whether you play ffteens, tens or sevens, you are together on the feld, and you have to work as a cohesive unit to stand a chance of winning. Rugby is so much about physically throwing your body on the line for your teammates during games and training, and that intense appreciation, love, trust, and support for each other is what the team reflects.
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