more and more girls around the country are now strapping on their rugby boots to take part in what was once considered to be a male dominated sport.
With the stigma surrounding female rugby players well and truly dismantled and participation firmly on the increase, just one question remains. Why haven’t you started playing?
If you’re on unsure about starting your own rugby adventure, here are 8 reasons you should get involved now!
1. It’s the best workout of your life
Forget legs, bums and tums at your local fitness center. Rugby will give you a high intensity, full body workout that will transform your body faster than any gym program.
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2. You’ll make unbreakable bonds
Nothing brings you closer to someone than having their head wedged in between your legs. We’re joking (sort of) – but it’s hard to explain the feeling you get when you take to the field with your 15 teammates beside you. You’ll want to throw everything on the line for them, and they’ll sure as hell do exactly the same for you.
3. You’ll be friends with the opposition, too
There’s no such thing as bitchiness in rugby. Both teams that take to the field do so with a will to win, but rugby is a sport played with real respect for your opponents. More often than not, you’ll find yourself sharing a laugh or two with the opposition after the match.
4. You’ll be more attractive to guys
Most guys will find the fact that you play in a pretty rough sport a bit of a turn on. “YOU play rugby!?”becomes a somewhat predictable response when it comes up in conversation for the first time.
5. You’ll get the best legs you’ve ever seen
Apart from when they’re covered in bruises, of course.
6. You’ll be more confident
Playing rugby is one of the fastest ways to realize that, actually, you’re pretty darn resilient. This confidence will transcend the rugby pitch and spill over into your school and social lives too.
7. Any body type is welcomed
You don’t have to be a monster to play rugby – there really is a position for everyone. If you’re small and agile, you’ll make the perfect winger. If you’re bigger and stronger, you’ll have a lot of fun as a forward.
8. You’ll have fun
Most importantly, you’ll fall in love with the sport. You will get muddy, you will get tired, and there will be times when you get hurt. But trust us when we say that nothing beats the adrenaline rush that comes with taking to the field on game day, or crossing the white line to score the winning points for your team. That feeling never gets old.