Rugby versus Soccer
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 28 August, 2020 18:29

For very understandable reasons, rugby is lagging behind the round ball game in terms of progress towards normality (or to the new "normal").
I have no criticism of the authorities on this, it is just a result of the increased intimate contact that is part of our favourite game: in fact I commend how they are using the opportunity to improve the game with the re-interpretation of the breakdown rules.

However......youngsters are pretty impatient creatures and I wonder if they are tempted to sign-up for soccer clubs as grass-roots rugby is still on hold? It would be terrible if we lost a mini-generation of future stars due to this.

Anyone any experience of this? Or are my fears misplaced?

Re: Rugby versus Soccer
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 28 August, 2020 22:53

My Son played age grade rugby for 8 years and I helped out with the coaching for 3 of them. I, on the other hand, played football from primary school until I was 35.

In my experience there is very little crossover. In all the teams I played for I can only think of one lad who also played Rugby. And the boys I helped coach, as far as I know, none of them also played football.

Rugby at grassroots level, as long as you're at a good club, is a bit of a different dynamic to grassroots football imho. The lads who play rugby create a stronger bond as a team, more of a sense of togetherness; and they love it - thrive on it, and it carries on outside of Rugby. With football it's there but it's different, more fickle I suppose and centred around matchday.

It takes a long time to learn to play the game of Rugby and the lads (and girls) who play it, love it. I think they'll wait.

Re: Rugby versus Soccer
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 29 August, 2020 21:13

Great to read that Leeming.
When my kids played football there was an interchange with RL.

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