Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:01:07 PM America/Chicago
Soccer’s birthplace, however, is considered to be Great Britain. In 1863, a meeting was held between eleven different English clubs and schools, to determine a set of rules to define the ball games they played. The goal was to unify their styles to create one ball game everyone could agree on.
However, the Rugby school did not agree with some of the rules the group was forming. Primarily, the Rugby way of carrying the ball, in addition to tripping other players and kicking shins, became the hot dispute.
Rugby, having been formed when, in 1823, a young schoolboy at the Rugby School picked up the ball and ran with it, was something the school wasn’t ready to change. Thus football (the name for soccer in all parts of the world other than America), and Rugby parted ways.
In fact, the meeting of 1863 was the beginning of The Football Association, which began hosting international matches in 1872. Scotland, Ireland, and other neighboring countries were quick to pick up on the fun of football. By 1912, there were 21 different countries with national associations participating in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Today, there are 204 national associations that are members of the FIFA and its world championships are watched by many millions of people across the globe. Read More
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:53:14 PM America/Chicago
For some reason, this spur-of-the-moment act was adopted into the rules of the game and Rugby was born. The headmaster of the school from 1828-1842, Dr. Arnold, brought the school into the spotlight with his controversial ideas and his educational reform.
A French boy named Pierre de Coubertin read about Dr. Arnold in the publication, “Tom Brown’s Schooldays.” Fascinated and intrigued, he later visited the Rugby School several times, observing the practices there. The game of Rugby was something he felt could be used to inspire young people to push themselves to greater heights.
So, Pierre Coubertin formed universal amateur athletics, to allow young people to compete with one another. In 1896, he hosted the first modern-day Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Rugby, and the school’s famed headmaster Dr. Arnold, had thus inspired the invention of the Olympics themselves, now a massive endeavor including a great many sports and bringing the many nations of the world together for friendly competition.
While Rugby is not the focus of the Olympics, nor of most countries outside of England, it is interesting to note that it was the inspiration for such incredible world change. The Rugby school still stands and is still in use today, with its young academic recipients playing Rugby as a major part of their activities. Read More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:52:31 PM America/Chicago
Rugby in England, Soccer (called football) in Latin America, and Kemari in Japan, are games that hold deep roots in the history of each nation in turn. Kemari, for example, was invented in 600 A.D. It faded out of use in the 1800’s, but was brought back in 1903 and has been played at festivals as part of cultural tradition ever since.
Most of these games began as simple ball games that, over the years, have developed into their modern-day versions. For example, Rugby began when a schoolboy in England picked up the ball and ran with it, in 1823. Even Rugby has become more than one game since the long-ago division between the Rugby Union and the Rugby League.
Most of these games worldwide carry many similarities that include: two teams of 11-18 players, a playing area defined by ground markings, a goal of getting the ball into the opposing team’s goal area, team’s defending their side of the field while pushing to the other side to score, and players following specific rules of how to move the ball (usually kicking, but sometimes carrying and/or passing the ball).
Because the game of football has developed into more and more unique versions of the game over time, it is hard for a world brought close by modern technology and travel to join each other in playing football. For that reason, international football games have been invented to help neighboring countries play together.
The first international football match was played by England and Scotland in 1870 at the Oval, under the authority of the Football Association. Rugby international games got their start in 1871. Today, football (or as we Americans call it “soccer”) is an international sensation with many countries competing in worldwide competitions on a regular basis. Read More
Thursday, September 8, 2011 1:51:37 PM America/Chicago
22 players in each team rotate 18 players on the field at a time. Played on anything from an official Australian Rules Football ground (an oval-shaped playing field) to a modified cricket field, the game involves players kicking, “handballing,” and carrying the ball to the goal line.
Unlike American Football, Australian Football requires its players who carry the ball to intermittently touch the ground with the ball. Throwing the ball is against the rules. Frequent physical contacts are made between players and tackling can involve the use of hands or the whole body. If a player catches a ball after it was kicked, within certain restrictions, he receives a free kick.
The rules of this unique form of football were initially created in May of 1859, by the Melbourne Football Club. This was the first publication of official rules for the game. The Australian Football League, or AFL, is the counterpart to the United States’ NFL, albeit the games are distinctively different. But the professional level AFL is a big deal in Australia, followed nationwide by fans of all ages, classes, and walks of life.
In fact, the AFL Grand Final is the club championship event that draws the highest attendance of any other championship like it, worldwide. Governed by the AFL Commission, the rules are clarified by the AFL Laws of the Game Committee, and the Grand Final operates on these rules. The Australian Football following expands outside national borders and has fans and players of other nearby countries participating in the excitement of Aussie Footy. Read More
Monday, August 29, 2011 10:31:53 AM America/Chicago
Rugby is a sport that is growing quickly in worldwide popularity. There are hundreds of tournaments that are fan favorites. There are three that are very large and have extremely high viewer ratings.
The Challenge Cup: The Challenge Cup has been called many different names due to changes in sponsors over the years. This game has the largest amount of bets placed on teams. It is very competitive and allows all teams to qualify at the same level.
The Super League: The Super League is a British tournament that is usually made up of all of the best teams in the British Islands and surrounding areas. In this tournament each team plays a competing team at least twice. This rules out ÒluckÓ of ÒflukesÓ and really challenges all players. This tournament features a play-off game and championship game.
The World Cup: The World Cup is so popular that even non-rugby fans become enthralled in the sports. Only teams that are found eligible and worthy to play in the World Cup by the Ruby League European International Federation are allowed to compete. This ensures that all teams are at a level of high standards. The tournament has gone through some changes in the recent years and will likely change more rules and regulations in the future.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 10:30:14 AM America/Chicago
Throwing a rugby ball can be more difficult than expected. Throwing a rugby ball is something that many novice players struggle with. Just as softballs can be thrown at different speeds with different techniques, rugby balls can be thrown in different styles that can affect a match. There are a few things to master when learning how to throw a rugby ball.
Proper Hand Placement: Proper hand placement is key to using your armÕs strength and to direct the ball. You will be able to determine what hand combination will allow you to both direct the ball and to throw the furthest distances. Usually if you are right handed, you will throw with the left hand and direct with the right.
Stand Correctly: You may be running during a match while you throw a ball, but first you need to learn how to stand and throw a balanced ball. Be sure that your feet are at least 2 feet apart and parallel. This will create balance and a good base for directing the ball.
Accuracy: You will find that there are many ways to improve direction and accuracy when throwing a rugby ball. Many novice players that already are experienced with throwing a football will find that spinning a rugby ball is similar and creates better overall accuracy during a throw.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 10:25:37 AM America/Chicago
There are several various positions in rugby. Players are chosen for each individual type of position based on their size, speed and agility. Varying playing styles are useful for different positions and at different times in a match. Here are some of the rugby positions and the types of players that are placed into the specific positions.
Forwards: A forward is at the front of all scrimmages. Players that are larger than most players work well in this position. They work well in rucks and mauls to position the ball into the correct place.
Backs: Backs need to be light on their feet. Players with speed and agility are best in this position. They must also be able to direct a ball well with kicking.
Inside Center: The inside center should be a skilled back, large in size. They may be prone to crash plays into the opposing team.
Flankers: Flankers stay on the outside watching for a ball. Tall flankers with speed are best. A loud voice and an offensive playing style are also required to do well in this position.
As teams get to know each otherÕs skills they may change positions. This will help a team to remain balanced during a match and to take full advantage of everyoneÕs own unique playing styles and abilities.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:23:23 AM America/Chicago
The New Zealand All Blacks are arguably one of the most popular rugby teams at the present time. The New Zealand Rugby Football Union was created in 1893 and the teams of the New Zealand Rugby Union played internationally in Australia starting in 1903 with a test match.
The team, All Blacks, as popular as it is today, has a very interesting history as the very first New Zealand team to tour in places other than Australia including the U.S. and France in the early 1900's.
The All Blacks, who were also known in the past as "The Originals" made a name for themselves during their 1905 tour. During this tour, the team from New Zealand was able to easily beat many of their opponents. Some of these opponents included Scottish, Irish and English teams with much more experience. The defeats were surprising to many fans and followers of rugby.
The Original All Blacks team created many innovative techniques that are still used today. One of these techniques is assigning each rugby player a specific position and responsibility. They used a scientific approach that was not common in the early 1900's. Now all teams mimic many of the approaches that the All Blacks were able to succeed with.
Friday, August 5, 2011 10:05:42 AM America/Chicago
Rugby was first played in France in the 1870’s. It is currently the second most popular sport in the country after association football. France has competed in every single rugby world cup, since it was introduced in 1987. In 2007, France actually was home to the rugby world cup.
The national rugby team in France recruits players from many regions around the world. The national team is renowned. Every year the team competed in the Six Nations tournament. These tournaments are exciting to watch and the French team always seems to bring a sense of controversy and emotion to the field that cannot be matched by any other team.
One of the most famous and rumored best-paid rugby players is French. The player is Sebastien Chabal. He has played for multiple French teams including Burgoin and Racing Metro 92 Paris. He has played in over 60 games, representing France. He is commonly called the most famous sports player in France, in any sport.
With over 313,000 registered rugby players and over 1,700 clubs in France rugby is holding strong in the country. The French Rugby Federation is working diligently to ensure that sport remains a part of the French sports culture.Read More
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:53:34 AM America/Chicago
There are a couple of rugby traditions that may not be practiced in the United States, but are very common and popular in Europe and Australia. Tailgating for American football games has taken a life of it’s own. Even people who do not love football appreciate the fun of a tailgating game. This is also true for two of the fun rugby traditions.
The first rugby tradition is the rugby song. There are many rugby songs that are staples of the game. They are often referred to as the third half. One song that can be heard in multiple countries at rugby games is also a popular drinking song. It is called “Shoot the Boot.”
The second rugby tradition is called the Zulu. The Zulu is similar to the streaking tradition that became a fad of the seventies in the United States. We no longer see streaking men and women during football games, but they are quite common in other countries during rugby games.
There are several more fun traditions linked with rugby. These are only two at the top of the iceberg. These traditions help to make the games more memorable and build a culture based around the sport, athletes and fans alike.Read More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 2:34:12 PM America/Chicago
Hydration is key to playing any sport to the best of your ability. If you are not staying hydrated you may lose your stamina among other things. Dehydration can also be very dangerous and can occur when physical activity is high and perspiration is experienced. Here are the common signs of dehydration:
Dry Mouth: A very dry mouth is usually the first sign of dehydration. At this point, getting rehydrated can be as simple as drinking a sports drink.
Sweating suddenly decreases: When you are moving as much as you have been, but your body suddenly stops sweating, this is a clear sign of dehydration.
Cramps in Muscles: This sign should cause concern. If you are playing a sport and believe you may be dehydrated you need to stop playing if your muscles begin to cramp.
Vomiting: This is a common sign of dehydration and usually occurs hours after a body has experienced acute dehydration.
You should stay hydrated to avoid any of the mentioned side effects from occurring. Preventing dehydration is much more simple than repairing the body after it has been in need of water.Read More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 2:12:10 PM America/Chicago
Team sports can offer a variety of valuable benefits to children. They can offer life lessons that will help them to succeed in other parts of their lives including school, social issues and work ethic. Here are some of the top benefits that children receive when they are involved in team sports:
Teamwork: When children learn to work as a team at an early age, they will be able to interact with others well in the future. Children are able to learn that their actions and responsibilities affect others on their team.
Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship can teach children to be humble. Even the best players and best teams lose games. The way that a team manages to rebuild and react to a loss can provide a child with positive life lessons.
Fitness: Team sports offer children the opportunity to turn off the television and video games to interact with others and to work on their fitness. So many Americans are overweight at an early age. Team sports and a requirement to be physically fit will help to reduce the chance for child obesity and later health risks.
Team sports can be fun for parents too. They can help parents to build better relationships with their children. Participating in team sports can also help parents to meet others in the community with similar interests.Read More
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 1:57:49 PM America/Chicago
The salaries of most rugby players are not anywhere comparable to the high salaries that American football players make. They do vary greatly by team, league and player status. They can vary from salaries as low as $6,000 US Dollars per year to more notable salaries ranging over $500,000 US Dollars per year.
Reports have been released stating that Sebastien Chabal of the French team Racing Metro 92, Paris is currently the highest paid professional rugby athlete. English and French leagues are some of the most prominent leagues and have many fans. These leagues have the ability to pay their players a higher salary.
Just as American football players, rugby players with celebrity status are often able to supplement their incomes with spokesperson and appearance fees. For example, Johnny Wilkinson, has endorsement deals with companies Adidas, Boots and Hackett that bring in more revenue than his rugby contract.
The rugby world is not unlike American football and basketball leagues that are no strangers to contract debates and union strikes. The leagues often battle with players over similar issues that athletes and management struggle with in any professional sports sector.Read More
Friday, July 8, 2011 1:34:32 PM America/Chicago
Is rugby or football more dangerous? This is a highly debatable question. These two sports are often compared, but they differ greatly. They are both contact sports that require players to make fearless decisions. Let’s look at both sports and the highest dangers involved in each.
American football is what most would call a high collision sport. Because of this players are required to wear a lot of protective gear including helmets. This does not stop players from receiving injuries like ACL tears, shoulder injuries, acute ankle injuries and mild to severe concussions.
In rugby, players are not required to wear the large amount of protective gear that is required in American football. But, while rugby is a high contact sport, it is not a collision sport. The ball carrier in rugby is usually the only person on the field in danger of getting tackled. If they experienced the same type of tackles common in football, the tackler would most likely be reprimanded with a yellow card.
The most common rugby injuries, according to the Journal of Athletic Training, include facial lacerations, shoulder and ankle sprains and knee injuries. Concussions were not as common as football injuries, but helmets may help decrease the high amount of facial injuries to rugby players.
It is a tough call to decide what sport is actually more dangerous. It may be based on a specific individual’s body type and athletic ability. We definitely see a difference in the average player’s physique when comparing rugby players to football players. Have you played both rugby and football and have an opinion? Let us know!Read More
Monday, June 27, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
The game of rugby was finally recognized as a sport quickly growing in popularity in 2010 when NBC and Universal Sports screened the Rugby World Cup. Their deal gave them exclusive rights to screen all 48 matches of the season.
So what does this all mean for Rugby fans? With rugby gaining in popularity it will no longer be a difficult sport to find on television. Yes, of course, rugby fans will still have to explain to their friends and family why they love the game and how the game works. But, soon many of those friends and family members will be explaining to their own circles how the game works as well.
As people begin to actively play rugby more frequently we will see a higher demand for great quality rugby equipment. There are several great brands of rugby shorts and compression shorts on the market today. We will only see more become available. We will also see more rugby boots for kids and teenagers available in the coming years.
Yes, rugby fans, soon you will not be one of the few people in your social circle to live and breathe rugby. You may have other friends inviting you over to watch a match at their place!
Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
A rugby league field differs from a rugby union field. You may hear the term paddock or pitch as the rugby league field is often called. The field is always made of grass and features specific markings. The grass field offers a good playing space for wearing rugby gear and rugby shorts.
The markings on a rugby league field are important for marking the correct areas for scrums, re-starts and more. They are measured accurately just as the markings on an American football field are measured. The distance markers found on rugby league fields are colored white and have red outlines. There are also lines that are marked on the field for every 10 meters. They run perpendicularly within the touchline areas. There is also a half point mark with a number 50.
To understand the rugby field game well, one must understand the markings on the field and the importance of the objects on the field. Goal posts with crossbars on the field can vary in style from an H style to a single post style. The goals and touchlines should be consistent on all rugby league fields for consistency. There are also corner posts that are similar to sidelines when a player touches them.
Watching a rugby league game and paying close attention to the field will offer insight into the meanings of the markings and objects on the field. Fans of American football will spot several similarities and slight variations between the field types.
Monday, June 20, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
There are four main types of rugby boots that are used regularly in the sport. These boots all have their own specific benefits. Most players have a preferred style that like to wear on a regular basis. Other styles are worn more frequently based on weather conditions and the condition of the field that the game is played on.
You will find that the boots may look similar, but vary in the types and strengths of the materials that they are made out of.
Synthetic Boots: These are usually the least expensive boots on the market. They are recommended for muddy conditions. They are light weight which allows for more agile play.
Molded Boots: Recommended for teens and new players. They have molded soles that work well on dry surfaces and on wet grass or mud.
Screw-In Style Boots: These boots have studs that can be swapped out and changed based on conditions and field styles. The ability to use different sized studs can give players extra control.
Leather Boots: These are the most traditional and often the most comfortable types of rugby boots. They will mold perfectly over the foot after several wearings and work very well in most conditions.
Friday, June 17, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Athletes, especially rugby players, need to develop stamina to endure the length of a full game while playing at their top speed. Without stamina, players can get tired and play less effectively. When players feel fatigued the chance and risk of injury in a game increases.
In a rugby game an individual player will move at full speed for an average of 26 minutes. The time will be broken up into intervals. This is important to understand when creating a workout to help players to develop better stamina. Cardio workouts should be created as intervals with high activity level for at least 6 minutes followed by low activity level for double the length of the high activity time. For example, running for 10 minutes, followed by a brisk walking pace for 20 minutes. Rugby shorts should be worn, even when a player is exercising away from the field to help keep the muscles warm and to lower the risk of muscle fatigue.
Passing and running plays can be used for practice and for building stamina as well. A coach will need to monitor each individual on the team to evaluate who needs more stamina building exercises and who should concentrate on the game efficiencies such as passing.
Repetitions are very important in stamina building. The passing and running plays will allow players to develop both better playing abilities and stamina for specific parts of the body that are used when playing rugby. With proper practice methods and continuous activities designed for each player, a team can build overall stamina.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
It is important to know what you are looking for when you purchase rugby boots. You will need to concentrate on conformability and how the shoe design coincides with your personal playing style and most common field conditions. Here are a few important things to consider when making your decision:
Studs: The types of studs on rugby boots vary considerably. Short studs should be used on playing areas that are dense and hard. Longer studs should be used on muddy, wet or grassy areas. Many players have two pairs with different stud sizes if they play on a number of various fields. There are soles available that allow for interchangeable studs of different lengths as well.
Ankle Height: You will notice when browsing through rugby footwear that most of the styles feature a high ankle. This will help to protect the ankle and shin from injury during play. But, some players do prefer a shorter ankle because it allows for more flexibility. You should consider your specific playing style and the aggressiveness of your league when deciding on ankle height.
Soles: Moldable soles are the most common in rugby. They are highly recommended for beginners because of their comfort and maintainability. But, there are also soles that are interchangeable available featuring different stud lengths, as described above. These are only recommended for the experienced player.
No matter what type of shoe you purchase, be sure to read the maintenance instructions. Each pair will differ based on the materials used. They will need to be maintained properly to ensure that they last as long as possible.
Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
There are many penalties in rugby. These penalties can change the game quickly. If a team is responsible for a penalty, the opposing team is given possession of the ball. Many times the team that was not responsible for the penalty is able to kick a goal in what is commonly referred to as the penalty goal.
Rugby Union and rugby league have their own unique sets of penalties. This can make watching or playing one style quite different from the other. These differences are often the reasons that one person prefers one style of rugby from another.
Common penalties for rugby union include entering a ruck from the side of the field, tackling an opponent player that does not have control of the ball, head-butting opponent players, Using inappropriate language when speaking to or about the referee, knocking a ball out of play and high tackles. There are also many more that are not mentioned here. Many times these are not made into offences by referees if the referees believe that the players did not purposely commit them.
Common penalties for rugby league include high tackles, midair tackles, crossing a goal line, hitting a player after they have passed the ball and are no longer in control and offside penalties. There are fewer penalties for the league play, but are often more strictly penalized in comparison with union style.
Both the rugby union and league styles games may look similar at first glance. The players often wear the same types of rugby boots and compression shorts, but it will not take long for an audience to spot differences in playing styles and penalties called by referees.
Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Interest in Rugby is growing in the United States. This sport was originated in England and is often thought of as the European sister sport of American football. But fans of rugby will tell you that rugby and American football differ greatly in playing style and regulations creating a completely different style of game.
Over the last decade rugby popularity has grown wildly as a high school sport. Many high schools that did not have a rugby program now have one. It is not uncommon for the rugby programs to be more exclusive to play in than the football teams. These matches can bring students out that do not watch regular football games. They also provide high school students with opportunities for scholarships to play rugby in college.
It used to be very difficult to find rugby games to watch on television in the United States. Now, it is much easier to find televised games. Fans have shared their enthusiasm over the sport with their friends and family by hosting rugby-viewing parties. This has created a sensation and a whole new group of American rugby fans.
Fashions have also evolved to express interest in rugby. Rugby playing gear can be found at more sports stores and outlets. Just a few years ago, a sports store may not have offered any rugby boots. Now, the same store may offer a large selection of rugby boot styles.
The sport of rugby is not going anywhere. It is gaining popularity in the U.S. as a spectator sport and a participation sport. High school teams and local leagues are being created in all 50 states.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 11:38:51 AM America/Chicago
The rugby league was created in the year 1895. It derived from the Rugby Football Union, but was created as a new and completely separate style of rugby play. To understand rugby league you must first have a basic understanding of rugby union.
Rugby union is the first type of rugby played in the early 1800’s in England. It is said to have been created when a frustrated soccer player picked up the ball and ran with it. Tackling ensued and the rules to the basic soccer game were left behind in the wake of the new rugby game.
Rugby league was a spin off of the union style. It is a style that became popular among blue-collar workers that did not play rugby in university matches. The scoring became simpler and the necessary amount of forwards was updated to only six, instead of eight.
The style of dress required for both types of rugby does not differ much. In both league and union, rugby boots, rugby shorts and a team top are all required. The types of boots will differ more based on the territory and field conditions than the type of rugby played.
Presently, different regions prefer different types of rugby. League is more preferred in Australia and Northern England while union is more preferred in South America and France.
Sunday, June 5, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
There are elite players in most sports. These players are popular among fans and well known in the sport that they are affiliated with. They also often make much more money than other players in contractual team agreements and through product endorsement deals.
These elite players and fan favorites seem to be a dying breed in rugby. Rugby is a very high impact sport. Most of the elite players become popular through playing very competitively and aggressively. This type of play that is frequently seen in rugby matches is risky. Many of the elite players become injured.
The players that are injured can weigh their risk of play and injury to their salary. Rugby players do not make a comparable salary to many other professional athletes in different sports such as soccer, basketball or American football. When these professionals are offered better contracts with different sporting teams they often choose the less risky and higher paying sport.
Rugby does not have as many fans as other professional sports and is televised less. This also can hinder an elite player’s ability to make money and become more famous through endorsement deals. But, the fans of the sport will continue to idolize players and hope that their idols do not choose to leave the sport.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Scrumming happens after infringement in a rugby union style game. Scrumming helps to restart the game. There are eight players from each team. They are referred to as the pack. A ball is placed into the center of the scrum where the players try to get control of the ball.Read More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
The first known, recorded rugby game in the USA was in 1874. It was played in Cambridge. The match was between Harvard University and McGill’s. This quickly became a hot topic among Ivy League schools and ordinary college campuses alike in North America.Read More
Monday, May 16, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Winning is not always as simple as going out and doing your best. Coaches are responsible to place their players in optimal positions, teach strategies and help identify methods of their competition. But, there is one other component that the most intelligent and clued in coached understand. That is that a team must have confidence and the right attitude to continually perform well on the field.Read More
Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Rugby fans and players alike do not just help support their teams; they often help to support charities as well. There are many well-known charities affiliated with the sport of rugby in Europe, the United States and many other places. If you want to help promote charitable donations in your community consider contacting a local charity or simply donate compression shorts to a local team. Here are a couple of the top charities that rugby helps to support and some information about them:Read More
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
It is interesting to see the changes in Rugby clothing over the centuries. There are many collectors of vintage rugby jerseys and footwear. The clothing has adapted even more quickly than the sport has adapted in the past 150+ years.Read More
Sunday, May 8, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
There are two main types of rugby. They include Rugby Union and Rugby League. They are similar in their play and differ greatly in the style of the game. Both games require the proper outfit of rugby boots and compression shorts to maintain safe and comfort while playing.Read More
Thursday, May 5, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Compression shorts are the modern day replacement of the jock strap. They are similar to biking shorts. The shorts can also be worn by women and children of any age for prevention of discomfort and injury while participating in sporting activities.
These are the top three ways that this type of clothing can prevent injury:
1. Prevention of rashes and chaffing: Not many lifelong athletes can say that they have never experienced extreme chaffing while participating in a sport such as bike riding or running. Compression shorts were made to help allow the body to breath while the material does not move back and forth on the body with movement causing skin discomfort.
2. Pain Relief: Many athletes wear this type of shorts to help manage pain in the
hip or leg area. If pain keeps a player’s mind out of the game, he or she is much more vulnerable to injury.
3. Warmth: While the material of these shorts allows the skin to breathe, it also
creates manageable warmth. This warmth is crucial to keeping the legs loose and to help prevent cramping. Leg cramps can be excruciatingly painful and cause slips, falls and other injury.
These shorts can be found at most outdoor and sports equipment shorts. They are relatively new in the market, but are quickly becoming standard sportswear.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
If you are new to rugby or if you have decided to try one of the new styles of rugby boots on the market today we have created a simple guide for you. We have compiled the top types of rugby boots along with their unique differences. Everyone has their own preference with these boots based on specific needs and desires in their sports footwear.Read More
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 2:10:47 PM America/Chicago
Rugby seems to be a polarized sport when it comes to parents allowing their children to play. Parents are either be true blue and passionate fans that cheer and support their children in the game, or the opposite as parents will not allow their children to play, even with friends on a non competitive level.Read More
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Children, youth and teens can benefit from wearing compression shorts as much as adults. These shorts are very popular and kids are requesting these styles instead of the traditional large and baggier polyester styles.
There are many opportunities for kids to wear sports shorts. If they play sports such as soccer, rugby or any other high contact sports, parents will benefit from the versatility and washability of the shorts.
If children are playing competitive sports the shorts can help to protect muscles from overheating and overall exhaustion. Compression shorts are built to be more breathable than ordinary gym shorts and soccer shorts.
Kids also like the thousands of styles that these shorts are available in. Because these shorts have become so popular recently, big brands are creating several styles for boys, girls and teenagers.
Teenage girls that don’t play sports choose to wear these shorts under short skirts and leggings too. The shorts will keep the legs warm in cool spring weather and will help to conceal undergarments if a skirt is blown up in the wind.
Sunday, April 24, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Compression shorts have become incredibly popular for a variety of sports and exercise activities. These shorts can be found in adult and child sizes, for men and women. There are many reasons that people prefer these shorts to the traditional types.Read More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 7:00:00 PM America/Chicago
Rugby is known to be a very physical, high contact sport. Rugby clothing including jerseys and shorts need to be made of materials that will hold up to the intense play without tearing or ripping easily.Read More
Monday, April 18, 2011 4:02:24 PM America/Chicago
It is no secret that rugby shorts can take a real beating during an intense match. Muddy days can cause a real mess on clothing and equipment as well as grass and bloodstains. But, there are a several techniques that people have found to work in getting out stains and dirt from shorts, even the white variety!Read More
Monday, April 18, 2011 3:33:50 PM America/Chicago
A televised rugby game featuring your favorite team and one of their top rivals is the perfect excuse to throw a party. There are only a few things that you need to do to prepare for the event.Read More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:00:00 AM America/Chicago
Soccer cleats are available in several types of leather and other materials. They can have a great affect on the player’s comfort and play. If a cleat fits improperly or is damaged it can cause discomfort and difficult handling on the field. Cleats and rugby boots should properly be cared for to ensure that they fit and feel as they were built to.Read More
Monday, April 11, 2011 4:00:00 AM America/Chicago
Athletes have used compression shorts for decades. They are useful to both men and women and have many benefits for contact and non-contact type sports activities. They are made of a comfortable and breathable material that looks like biking shorts. This material is strong and will not rip and tear like other materials such as polyester blends and cotton.Read More
Friday, April 8, 2011 11:12:36 AM America/Chicago
Rugby is both a physical and a cerebral game that demands that team members create strategies to continuously succeed. In addition to being physically fit and wearing quality equipment such as rugby boots, strategy is vital for winning a match. We have put together some of the most helpful tips for creating strategies.Read More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 11:30:22 AM America/Chicago
Rugby is an intensely physical contact sport. The proper gear can help you to stay safe and to play effectively. There are 4 items that are recommended must haves when playing the game.Read More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:44:39 AM America/Chicago
It may see that rugby is a wild game without many rules to beginners of the game. But, as the rules and regulations are learned, these beginners will soon understand how strategic the game actually is played.Read More