Rugby World Cup

Hello Bickley Park !

As you may know, recently (on the 20th of September), the Rugby World Cup started. Today, my blog will be about the Rugby World Cup : how England are doing and what we can learn from the professionals.

England’s first match was against Tonga, which England won by an astonishing 31-3 margin, followed shortly by England vs U.S.A, where they crushed their opposition by a whopping 45-7. Currently, the standings are that England are winning their pool (Pool C); Japan are top of Pool A; Italy Pool B and Wales Pool D. To some of you, rugby is just a game where grown men smash into each other in an attempt to put an oval shaped ball over a line at one end of the pitch. But no! There is so much more to rugby than meets the eye. Rugby is a game of possession. The team that can hold on to the ball and not lose it to the opposing team will ultimately win the game. As well as this, rugby is also a game of strategy, skill and team work. You need to kick the ball at the right time, pass the ball at the right time and come up to tackle together to put pressure on the opposing side. And if done right, rugby is a very enjoyable sport, not just a ‘muddy death trap’.

Rugby is also a very unique sport, in many different ways. For example, in one rugby team, the players come in different shapes and sizes: like the light, nimble winger, tasked to glide through the opposition’s wall with agility and the heavier, stronger prop, who has to contest the ball in a scrum (where two teams interlock their bodies to form a circular cage and push each other to try and claim the ball) and push with his muscular legs to try and win. Also, rugby has more players on the field at a time than any other major sport with a huge 30 players engaged in trying to secure possession of the ball for the full 80 minutes of the game. As well as this, rugby is the only sport which uses an oval shaped ball – supposedly because it was originally made from a pig’s bladder.

There are a lot of things we can take away from the Rugby World Cup. I would advise those less experienced rugby players to try and watch a game to see how the professionals play because, if you can copy what they do, it can really help you improve your skills. I know, from personal experience, that imitating the professionals does help. I watched the Six Nations just before an out of school rugby festival where I played with my team and with the new 1st IX Rugby Captain Joseph. During the match, I was able to assist with some tries by passing the ball just before going down in contact. Now, rugby may seem very violent but, rest assured that, if you do what the coaches say, it will probably hurt the person you are tackling more than yourself. So don’t be afraid to tackle!

The House Rugby competition is coming up soon and it would be amazing if I could see boys from all of the Houses aspiring to tackle the players hard and running past the opposition tacklers to score tries.

 

To conclude, I would like to make sure you all have a great three more weeks: work hard (in the end it will pay off) and…

GO ENGLAND!!