Ladies, there has never been a better time to start rugby. If you’ve ever thought about it, try to find your local team. You can send them an email or message with any questions you have, and I’m sure you’ll be welcomed with open (but distant!) arms. All you need is sports kit and a water bottle – boots, gumshields and the rest can all come later.
The easing of lockdown restrictions means many teams are just restarting, so everyone will be rusty and also giddy with joy about seeing other real-life human beings. Due to these restrictions, also, one of the main concerns of new players is eased: contact. For the foreseeable future, the focus will be on passing, catching, and running around learning how to do the positions and where to stand.
The women’s Six Nations also started last week. If you missed the men’s Six Nations, want to watch some more international rugby, or have never really watched women’s rugby, the games are all available live on BBC iPlayer. Watching women at the top of their game is so inspiring, and with the new women’s global league upcoming, the fight for third place is meaningful and very exciting (c’mon, Scotland!). Have a watch, get inspired, and then get out there and play!
To be very sincere for a moment: rugby has changed my life. I’ve played since I was about 14, but know women who started as tiny kids, or in their forties. We’ve all had a different rugby journey, but the common elements are new friends, increased fitness, and a confidence that I can’t imagine finding without rugby.
If you don’t know where to start, I’ve created and collated some resources. Have a look at Scottish Rugby’s club finder to find out which club is close to you. I made a fun wee quiz to see what position would suit you best, and typed up a Google Doc with simple information about different positions and set pieces.
So there you have it: arm yourself with some knowledge and a bottle of water, and you could be on your way to the best thing in your life.
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