7 Reasons Why You Should Play Women's Rugby

7 Reasons Why You Should Play Women's Rugby

Yes Ladies, I'm looking at you.
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Okay, hear me out. You probably see "Women’s Rugby" and are instantly thinking two things: either we are a group of large, manly, ugly girls who run around a field hitting each other, or we play some form of lingerie rugby. I can tell you right now that neither of those is true. We are just like any other sports team (well, except we’re better). We are a group of strong individuals who sign up to play one of the hardest sports in the world, and we love it. Everyone who plays can agree that there is nothing better. But, just in case you need some more convincing, here are some of many reasons why you should take up the sport.

1. It's empowering

I can't even begin to describe the feeling you have when you are on that field. Playing rugby makes you feel fast, agile, and strong. It's physically and mentally straining, but the ability to push yourself to the limit is an incredible accomplishment. In women's rugby, you do tackle each other. It's scary at first, that much is true. Sometimes I still get scared and I've been playing for four years. But you go on the field, and you feel powerful. You feel like you have total control of your body, of your mind, and of the game. There is nothing like the feeling of tackling a girl, running with the ball, or scoring a try.

2. There are positions for everyone.

Believe me, there is literally a spot for any person regardless of their shape or size. Rugby teams are always a mixed bag. Our front row players are solid and powerful. Our locks are tall and strong. Our flankers are fast and tough. Our back line is quick, resilient, and have crazy endurance. I swear some girls could run forever. Even our scrum half who is 4'11 (and 3/4, but who's counting) found her niche. I am 5'4, relatively fast, and a good decision maker. That makes me perfect for my spot at #10, fly half. We don't care where you come from, what you like, or how you look. I promise you, there is a place for you.

3. It is fast paced.

I have to be honest with you. Some sports are really, really boring. The games last forever, and nothing really happens. Rugby, however, is never boring - and it is nothing like football. People always assume it is, but it's actually a lot harder. In rugby, there are no timeouts or dumb commercial breaks. It's 80 minutes of nonstop contact. The only time you get to rest is after somebody scores and it is for two minutes, maybe. You run, you tackle someone, you get up, you ruck, you run, you hit someone again, you ruck again, you run some more. Sometimes you scrum and it's a tangled mess of body parts, and you get up and do it all again. It doesn't stop. And, some people may tell you that "in football you get hit harder so they need a break." They clearly never got tackled by a 6'0, 300-pound girl and then had to get up and keep playing. It's awesome.

4. Rugby is hard work.

Rugby is a mental and physical game. It's tough, I'm not going to sugar coat it. You have to be prepared to put in hours of hard practices and training, ready to be tackled and to tackle, and always be supporting your players. You play in all conditions - rain, unbearable heat, even snow. You will feel sore and pain in places that you didn't know existed. You will get cuts, cleat marks, and bruises. Ice baths become your best friend. You get injured and you keep playing until they forcibly remove you from the field. But all of that feeling is so satisfying. The marks on your body become trophies that you show off. Knowing that you put in the work and pushed your body to it's limit is worth every moment.

5. The team.

Every single sport is going to say that they have the "best team in the whole world," but they're lying. You get very weirdly close to your rugby team that you really do become a family. You tackle each other at practice hard, and then tell them it was a great hit. You have team dinners where 50 pounds of food is consumed, but you're all still hungry. You party together and dance your hearts out. You tell each other everything and make friends you will keep forever. There is just something about beating people up on the field together that makes you closer than any other team ever will be.

6. The community.

Regardless of where you go, if you say that you play rugby you will instantly make friends. In another state, country, or continent, it doesn't matter. You will bond over your experiences, tell stories about your best games, and compare positions and strategies. The community that is built over this game is one that you will always be a part of. Once a rugby player, always a rugby player.

7. The sense of pride.

"Wait, you play rugby?" is probably my favorite question in the whole world. Hell yes I play rugby. Yes I tackle people. Yes I ruck. Yes I'm stronger than I look. But yes, I am still a normal 18 year old girl. I don't "look the part," but that doesn't mean as soon as I am on the field I won't kick your ass. I have so much pride for my sport, and I never fail to tell people that I play. Their reaction is what pushes me to be better. People I meet don't always believe me, but as soon as they see me and my team play, they gain instant respect for us. Women's rugby players are a large group of badass females who will have your back forever.

So there it is. The reasons why you should play the greatest sport to ever exist. You don't need any experience and you don't need to fit any mold. My teams have had former soccer and basketball players, cross country stars, a boxer and a wrestler, some dancers, and people who have never played a sport in their life. Yet, we all come together and we make a force to be reckoned with. The girls I have played with have changed my life. And that is by far my favorite part.

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What are the reasons UGA aren't featured as much on ESPN as other college football programs.

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Georgia football is coming off one of it's most historical seasons of all-time. Wins in the SEC Championship and Rose Bowl, an appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship and a nationally ranked defensive performance for most of the 2017 season had Georgia experiencing the peak of college football's mountain. Coming into the 2018 season, however, Georgia has barely been talked about in the national sports media, taking a back seat to a quarterback-duel in Tuscaloosa and overlooked by other talented teams.

The sports media giants, such as ESPN and Fox Sports, understand that college football is a money maker in America. They spend countless hours talking about college football's best teams, players, storylines, and predictions on a week-to-week basis to please their audiences. While teams like Alabama and Ohio State have earned the right to be talked about by college football experts, why is Georgia football being overlooked coming off a historical season? Is it because we share a conference with the reigning dynasty in Alabama? Is it because we lost some historically great players in Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and Roquan Smith?

The number one thing most experts say when discussing Georgia is the loss of those previously mentioned players who left for the NFL this past season. While this is a big loss for the Dawgs and those players will be missed, the team recently pulled in the number 1 recruiting class in the country this past spring which included seven 5-star players, and in two games played have shown that those positions have been filled and the team is still strong. Even after a strong performance against South Carolina on the road, Georgia still seems to be left out of ESPN shows such as First Take, who talk strongly about Alabama and Clemson.

Georgia hasn't gone totally broke with some college football experts. Three ESPN experts predicted the Dawgs to win the National Championship in a preseason poll, and 10 other experts of the 43 polled put them in the College Football Playoff. It's great to see some experts see the potential this Georgia team holds, but it's still upsetting not to see more coverage on a team that seems well on it's way to another great season. Even following the teams historic Rose Bowl win last January, the talk on ESPN wasn't about a dominating second half or the blocked field goal by Lorenzo Carter in overtime, ESPN felt like Oklahoma lost the game more than Georgia won the game.

Especially following last years College Football Playoff, many experts have written off Georgia as national championship contenders, calling 2017 a "one-and-done" for the Dawgs. This should not be the case. Georgia has some of the best young talents in the country with players like Jake Fromm at quarterback and De'Andre Swift in the backfield. This is the one bright side to Georgia's non-existence in the big sports media shows. With Georgia under-the-radar, the team seems more focused than ever with little distractions from the media that Alabama can't seem to dodge.

The biggest storyline throughout the offseason in all college football was the quarterback duel between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa took over for Hurts, a two-year starter, in the second half against Georgia in the National Championship Game. He ended up leading a 13 point comeback to win the Tide's fifth title in nine years. All offseason, the talk around the country was who would end up starting at quarterback for the Crimson Tide. The question is why is this such a big deal? Why is this such a newsworthy event that it needed to be discussed on a weekly basis as the season grew closer? The reason has to be simple, Alabama wins.

Teams like Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State have won national championships since the College Football Playoff began in 2014 and seemed to hog the spotlight of college football ever since. This has to be the reason for Georgia's disappearing act in major sports media and constant disrespect that the team does not fully deserve. Georgia is one of the most talented and growing football programs in the entire country, but until the Dawgs can win the big game that has eluded the program throughout the 21st century, the national media simply doesn't care what Georgia does. This bodes well for the Dawgs, as head coach Kirby Smart continues to ready his players and future players for multiple runs in the College Football Playoff over the next several years. Will Georgia become the next powerhouse of college football, maybe even eclipsing Alabama's national championship dominance? Time will only tell if this is an accurate claim, and hopefully can lead to the Dawgs becoming a hot topic in college football's landscape.

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