Small guy playing rugby soon......Seeking Advice

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    Jul 01, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    Hey guys

    I am a guy that is on the smaller side, being only 5'4 and weighing 145 pounds. I want to play rugby in the fall, for the first time. What advice do you have for a newbie like me?
  • Hokenshi

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    Jul 01, 2011 12:12 PM GMT
    How fast are you? My brother is about 5'5" 135lbs but he's nippy so makes a good wing.
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    Jul 01, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    I am basically your size and played rugby for several years (I generally played wing or flanker).

    Be sure to stay low, it makes it easier for you to tackle others and harder for them to tackle you. Tackling form is very important as well.

    I'm sure you'll do fine, good luck trying it out.
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    Jul 01, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    Hokenshi saidHow fast are you? My brother is about 5'5" 135lbs but he's nippy so makes a good wing.


    I'm pretty fast, I was a sprinter all four years that I competed in varsity track and also played midfield when I competed in soccer.
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    Jul 01, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    Digit1987 saidI am basically your size and played rugby for several years (I generally played wing or flanker).

    Be sure to stay low, it makes it easier for you to tackle others and harder for them to tackle you. Tackling form is very important as well.

    I'm sure you'll do fine, good luck trying it out.


    Thanks for the advice and the recommendations icon_biggrin.gif. My buddy said that the game is really funny and he plays on the club that I plan on joining.
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    Jul 01, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    Digit1987 said
    Be sure to stay low, it makes it easier for you to tackle others and harder for them to tackle you. Tackling form is very important as well.


    Yup our short height sometimes can be an advantage. I usually play scrum half and wing positions. and besides being a fast runner, you must at least practice to be a good kicker. Hope you have fun!
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    Jul 01, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    SmallTOP1953 saidHey guys

    I am a guy that is on the smaller side, being only 5'4 and weighing 145 pounds. I want to play rugby in the fall, for the first time. What advice do you have for a newbie like me?
    jmake sure you have insurance. ha ha ha i am just joking. seriously you need to start lifting weights
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    Jul 02, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
    Definitely lift weights to gain several pounds. Also do neck exercises. Build up the muscles in your neck. I've already seen two broken necks in rugby. I'm not saying don't play, definitely follow your passion. Just beware of the danger.
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    Jul 02, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    pchoc1 saidDefinitely lift weights to gain several pounds. Also do neck exercises. Build up the muscles in your neck. I've already seen two broken necks in rugby. I'm not saying don't play, definitely follow your passion. Just beware of the danger.


    thanks for the advice. I actually never thought about the broken neck thing. I know that injuries in rugby are quite common though.
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    Jul 02, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    Yeah, they were both paralyzed for life..only college kids. It can happen.

    I used to do neck exercises with a boxer. We used isometric force on our necks in every direction. It made us look like we had no necks, but it greatly increased our neck strength.
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    Jul 02, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    I'm a medical Imaging Technologist. We do X-Rays and CT scans of rugby players after they get injured. The doctors have to pull out old textbooks from the 1960's to find the name of the facial injuries the rugby players have sustained. The examples in the textbook were people injured when cars had no seatbelts and dashboards had no padding. I'm a busy guy and I don't have time to make stuff up. You have no idea how many beautiful young men I have seen get completely fucked up playing rugby.
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    Jul 02, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a medical Imaging Technologist. We do X-Rays and CT scans of rugby players after they get injured. The doctors have to pull out old textbooks from the 1960's to find the name of the facial injuries the rugby players have sustained. The examples in the textbook were people injured when cars had no seatbelts and dashboards had no padding. I'm a busy guy and I don't have time to make stuff up. You have no idea how many beautiful young men I have seen get completely fucked up playing rugby.


    Thanks barriehomeboy. I have heard about those sorts of injuries from rugby. I'm debating on whether I will be able to start in the fall season or just wait til the spring. I only say that because I haven't been able to work out since early May, because of surgeries.

    If I do end up playing, whichever season(fall or spring), I planned on taking all safety precautions to protect myself and my body.
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    Jul 02, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    pchoc1 saidYeah, they were both paralyzed for life..only college kids. It can happen.

    I used to do neck exercises with a boxer. We used isometric force on our necks in every direction. It made us look like we had no necks, but it greatly increased our neck strength.


    aww man thats terrible. I would rather look like I had no neck and have lots of strength, then have a neck and no strength.
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    Jul 02, 2011 7:52 PM GMT
    yeah, just give yourself as much protection as possible to resist any serious injury. I started kick-boxing a bit late in life. I really like it, but I recently sustained a concussion. I am sparring again, but everytime I am hit in the head, I feel it more than I used to...seeing double etc. I am a worried because I don't want to stop.
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    Jul 04, 2011 8:57 AM GMT
    machoseven said
    Digit1987 said
    Be sure to stay low, it makes it easier for you to tackle others and harder for them to tackle you. Tackling form is very important as well.


    Yup our short height sometimes can be an advantage. I usually play scrum half and wing positions. and besides being a fast runner, you must at least practice to be a good kicker. Hope you have fun!


    Thank you man, sorry it took me so long to reply. I played soccer when i was in high school but it has been a few years. It seems like lots of small guys play wing position.
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    Jul 04, 2011 8:59 AM GMT
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    SmallTOP1953 saidHey guys

    I am a guy that is on the smaller side, being only 5'4 and weighing 145 pounds. I want to play rugby in the fall, for the first time. What advice do you have for a newbie like me?
    jmake sure you have insurance. ha ha ha i am just joking. seriously you need to start lifting weights


    ha ha i have been lifting weights but had to take off since May because of medical issues. I'm hoping to get cleared this week, to start back again.
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    Jul 04, 2011 9:01 AM GMT
    pchoc1 saidyeah, just give yourself as much protection as possible to resist any serious injury. I started kick-boxing a bit late in life. I really like it, but I recently sustained a concussion. I am sparring again, but everytime I am hit in the head, I feel it more than I used to...seeing double etc. I am a worried because I don't want to stop.


    Wow man I hope you get better soon. Kickboxing sounds like a lot of fun. I definitely love doing contact sports. What other sports do you do besides kickboxing?
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    Jul 04, 2011 10:09 AM GMT
    Don't let these guys scare you, but do take precautions: definitely get a good mouth guard, if you're front row a scrum cap can help. There's also these padded chest/shoulder protectors but I think its a waste of money bc it only seems to lessen the bruises you'll get, maybe could prevent a cracked rib but probably not.

    The most important thing though is that you have a coach or trainer that KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. He should emphasize safety first and highlight safety techniques in every aspect of the game. Even with proper technique there are injuries that can occur, seriously make sure you have insurance and begin weight training: you literally need to use your muscles to protect the bone underneath.

    Have fun and good luck man!
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    Jul 04, 2011 10:40 AM GMT
    ncujock saidDon't let these guys scare you, but do take precautions: definitely get a good mouth guard, if you're front row a scrum cap can help. There's also these padded chest/shoulder protectors but I think its a waste of money bc it only seems to lessen the bruises you'll get, maybe could prevent a cracked rib but probably not.

    The most important thing though is that you have a coach or trainer that KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. He should emphasize safety first and highlight safety techniques in every aspect of the game. Even with proper technique there are injuries that can occur, seriously make sure you have insurance and begin weight training: you literally need to use your muscles to protect the bone underneath.

    Have fun and good luck man!


    Thanks man. I'm thinking I will probably aim to play winger. Oh yeah I wouldn't be playing if I didn't have insurance, that would just be dumb haha
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    Jul 04, 2011 10:40 AM GMT
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    SmallTOP1953 said What advice do you have for a newbie like me?

    Have good health insurance.


    Check! I've got that thankfullyicon_biggrin.gif
  • XiongWei

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    Nov 08, 2011 10:38 AM GMT
    Heh, I recently took up rugby myself (like a month ago). Never been a gym goer myself. But i can totally appreciate the importance of building muscle now. I'm not a big guy. At all. I'm 6ft, but pretty lacking in muscle... Looks like i'm gonna be goin' to the gym now!
    Hope your foray into playing rugby was successful mate! It's a fantastic game and it's given me so much enthusiasm for sport that I had previously lost!
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    Nov 19, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    I'm 5'4, 160 and 51 yrs old. Have played rugby for a couple of years. Rugby is a tough sport and you will get hurt...as does everyone regardless of size. Just practice your tackling technique. I found it hurt more doing the tackling than being tackled, especially if it was some big dude.
    Good luck and have fun!
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    Nov 20, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    One more suggestion: since your size won't intimidate then act like an insane maniac on the pitch. If all else fails, then fake a British or Irish accent....that always intimidates because people will just assume you've played since you were 3.
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    Nov 20, 2011 9:57 PM GMT
    Stay low and run like hell; leave the tackling to the big dudes. I say the latter because a guy has tried to lift my leg off the ground. Emphasis on tried- he couldn't lift it at all.
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    Nov 20, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    Trollileo said If you played soccer you'll be fine.

    Not quite. You'll probably be a good fly-half, but soccer and rugby are completely different sports.