Aren’t you glad it’s Friday? I am spending tomorrow on a boat! Don’t be jealous … okay, maybe just a little bit …
• First and foremost, there’s a new rugby blogger to add to the sidebar. Katie Mac from the New York Women’s team. Hello Katie Mac!
• An article by a rugby referee who thinks soccer (aka football) players are getting away with too much abuse on the field. I’d agree after some of the hits I saw in the small amount of the World Cup soccer games I watched. What’s that old saying? Rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentleman (and ladies). Soccer is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans.
• Speaking of World Cup Soccer, here’s an article on a team from the UK traveling to China to help develop rugby in our planet’s most populous country.
“To be a truly global sport we need to have more teams capable of being world champions at the 15-a-side game,” he told Reuters during a break from a training session with the pupils of a Beijing school.
“That’s something we’d all love to see. I think rugby needs it in a way more than these countries need rugby.
“The great thing about the soccer World Cup is that you’ve got every continent on the planet competing. Africans are winning, Australasians are there, Americans, North and South, the Europeans and Asians are all there playing.
“And if we can get that in our game, that would be fantastic.”
• Countries that have plenty of rugby? Australia and New Zealand. But my blogging of the handbag incident led to a shoutout by a blogger/columnist on Blogher. Nice.
• Here’s a nice piece on youth rugby growing in Pennsylvania.
“I just fell in love with rugby. It was fun to learn, fun to play,” he said. “And, really, the friendships we made with kids from different high schools – kids I’ve never met – we were just best friends … and we’re going to be friends for the rest of our lives just because of the experiences we’ve had.”
Although, again, there’s a PR lesson for rugby in here. Not every quote about rugby needs to speak about hitting, broken bones and blood. Remember, every time you open your mouth, you are representing your team and your sport.
• I really don’t think this is a good idea for us.
• This, however, is an excellent idea.
• Two briefs on U-19 Women’s National Team Players, Jenny Beaman & Candace Barlay of Maryville, Tenn., and Schmarrah Akiisha McCarthy, a Purdue University student from the Cayman Islands. Fun fact – Barlay is the youngest ever Eagle player. She’s only 15!
• This has nothing to do with rugby, but everything to do with the 5-second rule!
• This also has nothing to do with rugby, other than I like Gwen Stefani, I like this song and I thought this was hilarious. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
• Finally, some late notice from USA Rugby, but upcoming coaches clinics might be in your area. Take advantage of them and go, if you can!
There … that should tide you all over for the weekend. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!