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BENEFITS OF PLAYING INTERCOLLEGIATE RUGBY

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Rugby has been played in universities since as early as the 1800s, but it was the 1960s when rugby really found a foothold in colleges, led by the Catholic colleges such as Notre Dame and particularly the Jesuit universities such as Boston College and St. Joseph's in Philadelphia.

Today, college rugby continues to grow in popularity, and rugby is one of the fastest growing club sports across college campuses.
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As any rugby player would also tell you, rugby is a sport where you can make instant friends. Whether it be joining a new team or just chatting up some fellow ruggers, a rugger will instantly make friends with another rugger if they both play the sport.
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Speaking from personal experience, I strongly believe rugby offers teenagers increased confidence and self-respect, as the ultimate character-building sport. It fosters courage, fitness, team effort and togetherness, bringing together boys and girls from all backgrounds.
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I’m sure there are many other benefits and pros to it, but I noticed that with my son - it has taught him great sportsmanship – shaking hands with an opponent – even after being hurt by them in some crunching tackle. It applauds skill and commitment.
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Playing rugby at college was the best part of my twenties. I toured the world, I met great people, I got to drink a lot of beer, and I learnt great songs
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Rugby is a GREAT game, both on and off the pitch. The team ethos is spectacular and what you learn playing will probably serve you well in"real" life (teamwork, fighting against adversity, hard training, getting up after a hit)
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Playing rugby at college was the best part of my twenties. I toured the world, I met great people, I got to drink a lot of beer, and I learnt great songs
Agreed, a few ruck marks, a couple of concussions, and a pulled hamstring was all I played for over 10 years of playing the game, from age 7- 25 with a few seasons of). If I had a time machine, the only thing I would change about my time in college was my commitment to rugby, I would increase it dramatically.
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Rugby is a GREAT game, both on and off the pitch. The team ethos is spectacular and what you learn playing will probably serve you well in"real" life (teamwork, fighting against adversity, hard training, getting up after a hit)
That is true, but rugby is a very physically demanding sport, so you should know that training commitment is very high, you will probably end up training every day.
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That is true, but rugby is a very physically demanding sport, so you should know that training commitment is very high, you will probably end up training every day.
It definitely requires a high degree of preparation, and through participation in structured training and playing a regular game schedule - rugby can develop key mental skills of self-control and discipline.
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I learnt a lot during my years playing rugby in college. While it may look complicated at first, rugby is, in all honesty, a very easy sport to pick up and play. When I started playing rugby, I barely knew how to pass the ball, and the rules and set pieces went completely over my head; however, in less than a week, I knew all the rules, penalties, and was adept at passing the ball and reading the defense and offense
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Being part of a rugby team that you have contributed fully to will positively carve and sculpt you with a permanence that no lecture hall orator or inspirational piece of literature could ever duplicate. I’ve no doubt that what rugby exposes and reinforces in players is purely complimentary alongside a chase for academic achievement.
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Being part of a rugby team that you have contributed fully to will positively carve and sculpt you with a permanence that no lecture hall orator or inspirational piece of literature could ever duplicate. I’ve no doubt that what rugby exposes and reinforces in players is purely complimentary alongside a chase for academic achievement.
The release of endorphins while playing the game is enough to lift your mood and help aid a better night’s sleep. Through triumphing over a challenging situation during the game, players build resilience to stress and are often able to better tackle problems off the field.
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The release of endorphins while playing the game is enough to lift your mood and help aid a better night’s sleep. Through triumphing over a challenging situation during the game, players build resilience to stress and are often able to better tackle problems off the field.
This is exactly why I always encourage my sons not to stop playing sports during exam time
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