Too small for rugby?

  • easterndude69

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    Feb 15, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    People say that I can't play rugby with the size I am right now. No, these aren't rugby players. They say that I WILL get injured and probably a very serious injury that will cripple me for life. They say there is no way im going to be able to stand my ground and take down beefy guys who weigh 285+.

    The coach doesn't think I'm too small at least to play as a back. He never told me I was too small to play although he does recommend to any player to workout at the gym to prevent injury as much as possible. And many players seem to welcome me to the team as well so it seems like they aren't concerned with my size either.

    I'm 5 9' and weigh 150. So what say you guys? Do you think size matters for this sport or is that just a popular belief that is mostly wrong? I'm not sure what to think. I'm not buying what the naysayers say, but hey they could be right. I still want to give the sport a try before passing judgement.
  • iceman82

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    Feb 15, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    You're not too small. One of the great things about rugby is that it requires players of all shapes and sizes. As a back it's much more advantageous to be small and quick rather than big and bulky as a forward. One of the best Welsh players of recent times, Shane Williams, is only 5'7", though he has a fair bit of muscle on him. Don't listen to the naysayers!
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    Feb 15, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    When people tell you that you can't, it's usually because they were already suckered into believing the same thing about something they really wanted to do.
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    Feb 15, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
    I got taken on by a 5'7"/140 lb guy yesterday during practice and I also tackled this same guy. It depends on the other guy's positioning as well as yours.
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    Feb 15, 2012 4:09 PM GMT
    Dude, you are not too small at all. Don't listen to people who don't actually play the game.

    Let those haters be your motivators.
  • easterndude69

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    Feb 16, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    Ok, so you guys have shown that even a small guy can be a formidable opponent on a rugby team. What about the chance of injury? Or is it still the same likely chance?
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    Feb 18, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    Likelihood of injury is actually less, because you would probably play a wing position and therefore aren't getting pounded by the bigger guys in the scrums and rucks.

    Go for it, my teams best player is smaller than you, and he destroys the bigger guys on the pitch
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    Feb 18, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    size doesnt matter, look at peter stringer who used to play for ireland, he is only 5'7 and was one of the best players we had! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Stringer
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    Feb 18, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    Well, I think their first mistake is assuming the guys who play rugby weight 285 lbs.

    Their second mistake is underestimating your ability and determination.

  • Feb 07, 2014 12:10 PM GMT
    I'm 5'2 and 103lbs and i play fearlessly. u go dude.