Rugby Bits and Bites … Supersized!

I used my downtime to clean out my e-mail accounts this morning for all of my alerts … some of it’s dated a bit, but always interesting.

Great Articles Promoting our Sport
– A piece on Boston’s youth rugby programs. Worth reading as an example of a good idea for promoting rugby in your city.

“We want the kids to have a laugh and a smile,” Tasker said. “But the second thing we want is for them to also learn a little bit about the sport. It’s the only game in the world that you can pass, kick, or run with the ball at any time. That’s really where the fun comes in.”

Another example? Here in New Mexico with the Atomic Sisters.

– A feature piece on all of the men’s and women’s teams in Washington, D.C.

– Women’s rugby players break the stereotypes at Tuft’s University, and I would argue, on all teams.

– A feature piece on the Salt Lake City Slugs women’s rugby team.

“It’s a sport that relies on community,” Clark says. “You have to rely on your team. A lot of it involves trust in your teammates.”

That’s a skill that comes with experience.

“Everybody has that ‘Eureka!’ game,” says Clark, a radio producer. “Everybody has that game where everything clicks and you get where everybody is supposed to be and why they’re there.”

That trust is built on and off the field. So are the friendships, which is one reason players keep coming back for the next season.

“It’s the sprinkles on top of the cake,” says Manning, who runs a consulting-construction business. “Rugby is a big fraternity. Wherever I go, I automatically have a group of girls I know. Rugby girls are the same everywhere. They’re strong, independent and fun.”

– Fatherhood and rugby helps this marketing professional stay creative

The executive creative director for North America at marketing company Interbrand, Richards isn’t quite ready to acknowledge that he’s too old to be playing rugby. But he believes that all of it, the fatherhood and the Welsh heritage and, yes, the rugby, make him a better creative force in the workplace.

He says the “innocence” of his children keeps him thinking, looking for solutions that appeal as much to emotion as logic. And he thinks rugby, because of its free-flowing, come-one-come-all heritage, feeds the same marketing instincts.

– U.S. World Cup team Player profile on Anne Collier from the local NY newspaper and a local player profile on Juliane Massarelli, an attorney who plays for the Albany Sirens.

Articles that Make us Seem like Barbaric Twits
– A real winner from Arizona State University that not only implies that rugby is so brutal American men choose not to play it, but that there is an “infraction every two seconds”. Again … another reason to remember to think about how you promote the sport.

– A post for joining a rugby team in the UK that stresses:

“Rugby keeps you fit and it’s very sociable,” she said. “A lot of people are put off by the idea that it’s really masculine, but it’s actually just a lot of fun to play.”

I’m not sure, but I don’t think being an athletic woman in England is as culturally acceptable as it is here in the US. We love our jocks.

Random Information that Could Help Me Win Jeopardy Someday
– A rediculous Gavin Hensen update … his girlfriend doesn’t allow him to talk to other women and he again mentions that he shaves his legs and fakebakes before games.

– A news brief from Australia showing that Rugby Union’s percentage of women viewers climbed from a greater marketing campaign and because some of the men’s players are hot. Because why else would we watch? 🙂

– My least favorite OC actress reportedly has excellent taste in makeout buddies

– A boyband – aptly named BoyBand – was slated to open for a rugby game. I just think it’s funny that the writer says fans might turn away in horror.

– Your spit can tell you if you’re exercising too much or too little.

International Links
– The Black Ferns set the bar high for all women’s teams.

– A Black Ferns mother-daughter combo, one of the first in women’s rugby history, and the daughter helped the Ferns win their third-straight World Cup last month. I can only guess that it’ll be at least another decade before we see an American mother-daughter rugby set …

– Scottish girls who show athletic prowess will be allowed to trade classes to get further coaching as Scotland looks to build a stronger sporting future.

– Rugby is growing in India. Especially interesting that it’s not popular already considering India’s ties to England and Fiji.

– England and other nations consider developing a global season.

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3 responses to “Rugby Bits and Bites … Supersized!

  1. Anonymous

    Actually – there is a mother/daughter combo on the scene. KO Onufry was the flyhalf for the USA in the 1991 World Cup when they beat England. Her daughter, Skyler is now an up and coming U19 player in Vermont, she is also a flyhalf. I know that KO is still active with the Olde Girls Back in Black team and her daughter plays on a girls high school team near Burlington.

  2. John Birch

    Re: being atheletic in the UK. Girls are something like five times less likely to take part in any team sport than boys – and indeed part of that is image. Sport has about the same image problems with girls as academic achievement does with boys – not “cool”. But also generally pushing the athletic excellence isn’t a great means of attracting people anyway – male or female. It risks that great taboo of “showing off”. Much better to push the social side – most people will say they play sport for social reasons.

    Oh and further down its worth mentioning that England did not colonise India (and a quarter of the rest of the planet) on its own. Quite a few Scots, Welsh and Irish joined in. In fact, in proportion to their populations, the Celts took part in rather greater numbers than the English. And with a degree more enthusiasm.

    The English tended to stay at home pacifying said celts (and encouraging them to fight for King/Queen and Country), building dark satanic mills, and inventing strange sporting pastimes with obscure rules.

  3. Blondie

    John –

    Interesting … because culturally, Americans – for the most part – love sports and athletes/jocks are often deemed to be the “coolest”, whether they deserve it or not. This works for both men and women generally. I don’t know what our stats are, but girls are typically heavily encouraged to play in some type of sport or activity while they grow up.

    Anonymous – thanks for the info. That is very cool to learn.

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