I’m back from vacation. Back to the grind. Back to the computer. *sigh*
Big T and I had a great time. The weather was gorgeous all four days. My friend KJ’s wedding was also gorgeous with great food, beautiful setting and of course, a beautiful bride. 🙂 And I even turned my rugby tan into a “I’ve been camping and kayaking” tan.
I’ll post some pictures later maybe.
Thanks to everyone who posted some lively comments while I was away. One in particular put my mind in motion to our Touch Rugby post from two weeks ago. Anonymous said “I HATE touch. It may be great for backs but as for front rows, what’s the point?”
And to this I say … what a crock. What’s the point of physical fitness? What’s the point of working on some of the big basics of the game – ball-handling, passing, decision-making and change of speed? What’s the point of working on all of these in your off-season?
And since when did being a Front Row disqualify you from needing to work on these basic elements of the game? Because in my humble rugby playing opinion, last time I checked, your position is only important in the set plays, not the overall game. A prop or hooker should be just as fit and mobile as any other player on the field, including your wings and centers. And if you are sitting there shaking your head in disagreement, then you are hurting yourself and hurting your rugby team.
I firmly believe that outside of our set pieces – scrums and lineouts, possibly some penalty plays if your team has them – all 15 players on the field should all be able to run the ball, pass the ball, kick the ball, tackle, catch a kick, etc.
Granted, our various body types make us more suitable for certain positions versus others. And yes, specific positions are better suited to passing the ball, kicking, etc.
But anybody who thinks that a prop can’t sprint up the field to score a try or a wing shouldn’t be in the rucks and mauls is deluding themselves. If anything, a large forward who’s capable of running with the backs or a lithe back who can get in the rucks and win ball for your team is a dangerous addition to your team.
Perhaps this bugs me even more because I played in a co-ed Whorefest tournament recently. Two women and 7-8 men per team. And when I am clearly one of the smaller players on the field, but I find myself having to ruck my own ball as the scrumhalf because I’ve got a team of a bunch of male backs in their waiting for the ball to magically appear, I get a little pissed off.
So … yes, Anonymous, there is a point to playing touch rugby all summer. Just like there is a point to practicing, working out on your own, improving your own game and workrate.
But that’s just my opinion … what does everyone else think?
Via the Comments:
J – Please quit leaving comments if all you want to do is antagonize. I know it’s you now. I’m tired of it. You feel the need to keep nitpicking your little fights for god knows what reason. You have always done this the entire time I’ve known you, and I always tried to listen and converse with you after practice or on the phone over the past few years, but earlier this year, your anger towards me and C was uncalled for. And I didn’t need to take it then and I don’t need to deal with your attitude now. I don’t have the patience or the time.
Em & everyone – I let my former teammate J’s comment get under my skin today. I am the “utility player” who supposedly thinks she’s “not committed to fitness”. Something I have never said nor actually even thought, but she’s out to pick a fight over something that she clearly can’t let go of, which has nothing to do with her fitness. She quit our team due to a disagreement, one she is still holding grudges for, and I guess now she likes to come on here and antagonize me in the comments. Her grudge has carried over into a friend’s soccer team, so I guess I’m not too surprised that she’s on the blog needling me. I am sorry that you still feel the need to pick fights with me J, but let it go. Seriously. Don’t you have anything better to do?
Em – You have a very good point. I shouldn’t have latched on to Touch Rugby to discuss my opinions on my beliefs about positions. They are better served as two different issues. Touch rugby is by no means the best or only way to learn the basics. And yes, since I knew the commenter, and she left a number of various anonymous comments on here this week with attitude, I gave it to much weight. That said, my opinion on positions still stands.