Rugby. I Love It.

20 Aug

Saw Sale Sharks lose last night

Walking the dogs yesterday afternoon, we bumped into our tame rugby player, who offered us free tickets for last night’s pre-season friendly against Edinburgh.  Five free tickets, because we are minus one first-born but plus one niece and plus one nephew.  Our rugby player is a nice guy.

I don’t mind that they lost: the thunnk of many men crashing into each other is so thrilling that it doesn’t matter who wins; I’m too excited to care.

It has taken me almost thirty years to learn the basic rules of football; most of it by osmosis – when you’re married to a man who buys products based on who is sponsoring his team at the time, you watch, read and hear a lot about soccer.  In comparison, however, footballers are huge wimps with their diving and calls for bookings; give me a pitch punch-up any time, like last night’s.  Rugby is a man’s game.

My love of rugby has taken me by surprise: despite the Hub’s passion for it (third only to football and athletics; and pipping beach volleyball – women’s – to the post), I never got excited about it, even when he made me watch South Africa win the 1995 World Cup.  Spud took it up in high school, and I actually disliked it intensely, especially when he was knocked out.

I would go to his matches and cover my eyes.  I reached the point of watching with my back to the pitch.  That was when I discovered the big boys’ rugby – strapping eighteen-year olds, thunnking and crashing into each other…

…I love rugby.


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49 Responses to “Rugby. I Love It.”

  1. earlybird August 20, 2011 at 12:23 #

    You do?? *bewildered* – maybe I should give it another try… 😉


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 12:25 #

      You really should! The rules don’t matter; only the violence 🙂


  2. vivinfrance August 20, 2011 at 12:35 #

    good on ya, Tilly. Tghere’s rugby on telly at 3pm and I daresay Jock will wake up and watch. I’m shall be outside, quilting in the sun.


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 13:33 #

      Won’t you be hot? Or, given the weather lately, cold?


  3. The Hub August 20, 2011 at 12:42 #

    Sorry my love, a few corrections. Football (not soccer), Rugby and then athletics are my preferences followed by every other sport including NFL American Football but excluding boring golf. Watching rugby may give you a thrill but playing it gives you a real adrenalin buzz.
    The Hub.


  4. Dawn @ Guiding Light August 20, 2011 at 13:04 #

    Enjoyed this post. Had to laugh at “The Hubs” comment too. 🙂 Blessings.


  5. misswhiplash August 20, 2011 at 13:14 #

    Aha! A rugby gal eh! Remind me not to tackle with you…..

    Rugby or football does not hold much interest for me but Neville is a Chelsea supporter ( even when they play badly) so I do try to appear interested and so far it has succeeded.

    Have a great weekend,


  6. Big Al August 20, 2011 at 13:18 #

    This was an unbelievably great bl…..oops…….I mean…..very average blog but interesting.


  7. Mary-Rose August 20, 2011 at 13:48 #

    I’m with ya, Tilly. Have always thought Rugby was a ‘real’ game as opposed to certain others… but how you weren’t seduced when watching the ‘boks in 1995 I don’t know. They were magic – I can remember that game in detail even now.


  8. Linda August 20, 2011 at 14:16 #

    Sports are just not my cup of tea! Except I do enjoy a quiet golf game on tv now and then with the hubby. It is good to take a nap by! Ha!

    Happy SWS

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits


    • Tilly Bud August 21, 2011 at 16:49 #

      Not really mine, either; but watching live sport where it’s happening is more fun than you’d think.


  9. Brenda Youngerman August 20, 2011 at 14:32 #

    How fun…. a night of men running into each other …. tee hee hee!


  10. Stephanie Michelle Hasty August 20, 2011 at 15:04 #

    i’ve never seen a rugby game. some students tried to get a team started once, but the closest competion was like 3 1/2 hrs. away…we don’t really do a lot of rugby around here. um, i did like ‘the friends’ episode about ross and rugby… 🙂


    • Tilly Bud August 21, 2011 at 16:52 #

      That was American Football. The same thing but with padding 🙂


  11. granny1947 August 20, 2011 at 16:57 #

    OK…educate me…what is the difference between football and soccer?


  12. Karen S. August 20, 2011 at 17:00 #

    I’m still laughing on the photo and comment by granny1947, she would love my mother’s reply, (my mother being a huge soccer fan and not so much football fan…some might say the biggest difference, on the funny side, less touching, and falling on top of each other for all that rolling around!


  13. gigihawaii August 20, 2011 at 17:15 #

    I have never seen a rugby game, so don’t know what I am missing. However, I learned to love American football via osmosis. Hubby would get so enthusiastic while watching the NFL on TV that I couldn’t help but be curious and follow along. So much for marriage, huh? lol.


  14. We're Jumpin' August 20, 2011 at 17:28 #

    I never really watched a game, I think it would be better to watch in person than on tv 🙂 Hope you are having a lovely Saturday!


    • Tilly Bud August 21, 2011 at 16:55 #

      I did thanks. Yes, it’s much more fun in person.


  15. Elizabeth Hernandez August 20, 2011 at 19:08 #

    This post made me giggle. I have learned over the many years to love footbal. I do enjoy it more in person than on TV> I had a dad that has a true love of the sport and played semi pro A brother that loves it and husband that is cockoo over it. A sister who is nutter for it then the whole lots. So needless to say I have learned and do enjoy only on my terms.


  16. sanstorm August 20, 2011 at 19:09 #

    I’m not a sports fan, but rate rugby over footie because the players are true gents. The BBC can even have mics on the pitch and no bleep machine.


  17. Elaine August 20, 2011 at 20:46 #

    I agree – rugby is much better to watch than football. I can see that football players are quite obviously very skillful in the way they control the ball, but there’s just not enough action on the pitch compared to a rugby match!


  18. kateshrewsday August 20, 2011 at 21:29 #

    I’m still at the stage where I have a small boy, and the thought of rugby terrifies the bejeezers out of me…


    • Tilly Bud August 21, 2011 at 16:59 #

      I really could not watch. Eventually, I had to stop going. He gave it up last year. Hooray!


  19. Tinman August 20, 2011 at 21:35 #

    I played it until I was about 14, then I came back to school at the end of the summer and discovered everyone else my age had grown by about four inches and I hadn’t.
    I played two more games feeling like I was being hit by a truck, then gave it up.
    Still watched Ireland playing France today – unfortunately.


  20. belleofthecarnival August 20, 2011 at 22:47 #

    I broke my nose once playing womens rugby and I must say that I still love it! But not brave enough to play it anymore…I might break something!


  21. Audrey August 20, 2011 at 23:05 #

    I have never been to a rugby game. Heck I’m not even sure if they play it here? But I’ve been to plenty of football and basketball games and know many of the rules for each 🙂


    • Tilly Bud August 21, 2011 at 17:01 #

      I don’t know any of the rules, but it’s so much fun, I don’t care 🙂


  22. Jim August 20, 2011 at 23:21 #

    I’ve never watched a Rugby game. Maybe my newly Brit kids might learn it and would take me. I am sure the grandkids will pick it up. 🙂


  23. Inspiration to Dream August 21, 2011 at 11:20 #

    See I just don’t understand rugby at all, nor do I have any desire to (sorry!). My boys are sports freaks so I learnt all about Australian rules football and soccer just so I could understand what was happening. I guess I could really confuse the conversation here in regard to the difference between football and soccer.


    • Tilly Bud August 21, 2011 at 17:03 #

      Who needs rules when you’ve got hunky men in shorts?


  24. eof737 August 21, 2011 at 12:36 #

    I love rugby too but haven’t watched it live in years… It is a brutal sport but the big boys make it look like fun the dirt… go figure. … I love rugby shirts too! 🙂


    • Tilly Bud August 21, 2011 at 17:05 #

      Thick and sexy, like some of the players 😉


  25. Call Me Cate August 21, 2011 at 16:14 #

    I’ve never been to a rugby game (match?). I bet it would be a blast though. I’m glad you enjoyed it despite the loss.

    Thanks for playing 6WS!



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