Too old for Rugby?

  • jeepdave75

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    Jul 09, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    So.. I briefly commented to a buddy of mine that I'd thought about joining the rugby team in the spring.

    Instead of telling me I needed to work out harder, or more, or lose weight, or improve my cardio fitness instead his response was "You're too old to play rugby. Forget it."

    Now, this sort of catalyzed me. Now im DETERMINED to play rugby. I turned 33 yesterday. That shouldn't be "too old" for anything!

    Would love to hear from the ruggers out there... what do yall think?
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    Jul 10, 2008 12:14 AM GMT
    Not a rugger here, but I know some that have started in their 40's. If you never started new things, you'd be really stale.
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    Jul 10, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
    just play against guys who are older than you...

    I played rugby for a little while several years ago...it was rough then. I dont want to play it now...lol.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jul 10, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    You can try it and see for yourself.

    I played from 1996 until 2001 and tried to resume earlier this year. I think I only played 20 minutes and have taken another break. I would still like to play again, but recovery is a bitch in your 30s and older.

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    Jul 10, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    I hope that isnt the case. I have never played rugby but am interested in playing. I even was looking at local leagues. I am just worried that an leg injury would prevent me from my running schedule.
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    Jul 10, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    Give it a go! Make sure you know your body's limits! How competitive is it? Determine it by that. I played rugby my whole life and varsity in college. It's definitely demanding.
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    Aug 01, 2008 6:37 AM GMT
    jeepdave75 saidSo.. I briefly commented to a buddy of mine that I'd thought about joining the rugby team in the spring.

    Instead of telling me I needed to work out harder, or more, or lose weight, or improve my cardio fitness instead his response was "You're too old to play rugby. Forget it."

    Now, this sort of catalyzed me. Now im DETERMINED to play rugby. I turned 33 yesterday. That shouldn't be "too old" for anything!

    Would love to hear from the ruggers out there... what do yall think?


    GO FOR IT...GO FOR IT.......DO IT!!!!!
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    Aug 01, 2008 6:38 AM GMT
    jeepdave75 saidSo.. I briefly commented to a buddy of mine that I'd thought about joining the rugby team in the spring.

    Instead of telling me I needed to work out harder, or more, or lose weight, or improve my cardio fitness instead his response was "You're too old to play rugby. Forget it."

    Now, this sort of catalyzed me. Now im DETERMINED to play rugby. I turned 33 yesterday. That shouldn't be "too old" for anything!

    Would love to hear from the ruggers out there... what do yall think?



    Age is just a number. As long as you're in shape and don't mind taking a beating, you should be fine icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 01, 2008 6:39 AM GMT
    collegefratboy saidGive it a go! Make sure you know your body's limits! How competitive is it? Determine it by that. I played rugby my whole life and varsity in college. It's definitely demanding.


    I just started dating a captian of a local rugby team....great guy...competitive....smart....sweet.. he's great.....so is the sex.
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    Aug 06, 2008 2:17 PM GMT
    Ive been playin since I was 8 years old. In my team, I still have players that are in their 30's playin so, physically, if u r up 4 the effort and compromise, go for it. As for possible injuries, getting injured doesnt matter what age u r, Its just that if u r older, u get injured more easily and also u take more time to recover.
    Now, as for the game, alot of people that have never played rugby think that playing rugby is easy, well, its not. that might be an area where u might have more difficulty adapting. Id advice u to watch as much rugby as u can and ask as many questions as u can. This game is about determination, u if doubt one sec what u r doing, u r in deep trouble.
    to finish, I dont think anyone is in titled 2 say that u cant play, its up to u to make that decision. if u had a serious history of medical interventions or was very over weight, thats one thing. But, if not, go for it, try it out and see what happens.
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    Aug 06, 2008 2:22 PM GMT
    Im 38 and still playing. The injuries get harder to recover from, definitely (and believe me, you WILL get sore playing rugger)

    But I say GO FOR IT!!
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    Aug 09, 2008 8:04 AM GMT
    I started when I was 33 and it put me in the best shape of my life (even with all that beer). I played until I turned 38 this past fall, then actually got in even better shape after I stopped playing (for career), so I'm pretty sure I could go at least a couple more years. On my last team about a third were over 30, 10% of the guys were over 40, and two guys were over 50. They could bring it too...play the full 80 minutes. Stretching is an important key.

    Go get 'em!

  • gibbay

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    Aug 09, 2008 2:48 PM GMT
    I've also been thinking of joining our local gay rugby team, I haven't played rugby or even american football before, the most full-contact sport I have experience with is broomball, any advice from the seasoned rugby players on what I can do to prepare (i.e. work-out modifications or tips) for my first game?
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    Aug 10, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidjust play against guys who are older than you...

    I played rugby for a little while several years ago...it was rough then. I dont want to play it now...lol.


    I agree, Rugby's not for sissies (and you don't look like one icon_smile.gif) I played up to the age of 21 and then stopped cos I was feeling to old .. LOL...

    There's nothing like the feeling of having a cold one after the game with the guys you just played with though, completely knackered and tired and bruised and sore. I miss that, but I wouldn't play again.. lol... I already lost one tooth, wanna keep my winning smile..
  • jeepdave75

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    Aug 11, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    Okay... so, I started hitting the rugby practices.

    Fucking. Awesome.

    Oh my god, I've never been more tired, or sore, or sweaty in my LIFE! But its the BEST tired sore and sweaty ive ever experienced. I might not be QUITE fit enough just yet... but oof, you wanna get in shape fast? Play rugby.

    Fortunately, they separated out the rookies from the vets for thefirst several weeks, so I havent gotten beat up too terribly bad. A couple bruises (which I'll admit I've been showing off proudly to anyone who'll look at em!) and a bobbled brain pan is all I've suffered so far. One more rookie practice then we start playin with the big boys... I cant wait!

    The moral of the story: Dont ever let someone tell ya what you CANT do.

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    Aug 12, 2008 9:36 AM GMT
    that's brilliant ... keep it up icon_biggrin.gif If u happen to play lock or any of the tight 5 def consider getting a scrum cap.
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    Aug 18, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    jeepdave75 saidOkay... so, I started hitting the rugby practices.

    Fucking. Awesome.

    Oh my god, I've never been more tired, or sore, or sweaty in my LIFE! But its the BEST tired sore and sweaty ive ever experienced. I might not be QUITE fit enough just yet... but oof, you wanna get in shape fast? Play rugby.

    Fortunately, they separated out the rookies from the vets for thefirst several weeks, so I havent gotten beat up too terribly bad. A couple bruises (which I'll admit I've been showing off proudly to anyone who'll look at em!) and a bobbled brain pan is all I've suffered so far. One more rookie practice then we start playin with the big boys... I cant wait!

    The moral of the story: Dont ever let someone tell ya what you CANT do.

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    Keep us posted! Great job diving into it.

    I find that when playing with inexperienced guys, you really have to watch out for injuries. Sloppy or wrong technique can put the player as well as his immediate opponent at risk for injury. It's a funny thing...the experienced guys hit a lot harder and faster, but create fewer injuries for themselves and others compared to guys who hit softer and with poor technique. And remember...*you* define the contact, not the other guy.

    Tackle below the waste, lead with the shoulder, fall on your upper arm (never hand or elbow) and all that. Have fun!
  • jeepdave75

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    May 24, 2010 6:49 AM GMT
    No idea if anyone will even see this, but it's been 2 years with the Quake since my original post.

    I'll be at Bingham Cup on June 18th.

    Yeah. I can play rugby.

    Thanks for the words of encouragement guys.

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  • Westlife1

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    May 24, 2010 7:27 AM GMT
    Nice job! Go get em!
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    Aug 26, 2010 5:35 AM GMT

    Hi Mate

    I think Age factor does not become an hindrance to play. I don't believe all these things. It's the man will power to achieve makes him do great things and achievements like the Great Edison who invented Electric bulb and gave light to world failed in many attempts during his invention and he never gave up till the end.

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    Aug 26, 2010 6:02 AM GMT
    i was told by the rugby captain of my med school that my size and age would be no hindrance at all, so I highly doubt it mate
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    Aug 31, 2010 8:35 AM GMT
    i started when i was 8 y/old, retired at 33 . the toll was incredible, after a collaspe lung, wedged lower vertabrae, sliced a hole in my tongue (never yell mar again ) i was playing i game then 3 off injured enough was enough but i still would play if my body allowed it .
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    Oct 20, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    If I can play Rugby damn near anyone can.
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    Oct 20, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    It's got nothing to with with age. If you are fit and your body and mind can handle it then I say go for it.
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    Oct 25, 2010 8:48 AM GMT
    Depending on what level you're looking to play at, I'd say go for it. We've had guys much older than you play for us. Rugby is less about physical attributes than it is mentality and heart.