Any words for a rookie?

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    Oct 10, 2008 6:40 AM GMT
    Alright... so here I am, in my first season. I've played one full game, and on saturday I'll be playing my second. Another full 80 minutes. I've found my place in the world as a prop and I *love* being in the front line. Tonight we had the very exciting opportunity to have practice with the university rugby team, and the things I learned were invaluable! (Those kids handed me my ass on a platter, but it was still awesome!)

    But I'm frustrated.


    Well, I'm frustrated because I'm not there yet. I'm frustrated because as much as I've practiced, and all the drills we've gone through, and all the videos we've watched.... I'm frustrated because after only 3 months of rugby I'm not Ben Cohen or Frederick Michelak.

    Stupid right? I know, but its no less frustrating.

    Admittedly, I've never been particularly good at any sport, and I always dropped out of the attempt before even learning most of them... but I *LOVE* rugby. I dont want to quit. I'm not going to.

    I'd love to hear from the vets, or even other rookies, I'd like to know if i'm alone here... if i'm not, what helped you to get over this frustration? Any words of advice? I'm trying to totally channel this frustration into playing harder, working harder, and learning more - and my teamates offer up great words of encouragement and support (apparently, im doing pretty good for a newbie) but still... there's a universe between where I am and where I want to be.
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    Nov 05, 2008 10:38 AM GMT
    It will take a lot of practice and game play for you to feel completely comfortable in the game. As a team sport, there's a lot going on. Your performance is reliant on not just your ability to focus and play your part but on your team mates.

    The best teams are those who practice together week in, week out with the same players in consistent positions. That's often very difficult to achieve when injuries rack up and players have other responsibilities to their family and work.

    Try and come away from every practice session having learnt something new or formed a drill or set piece a little better. Ask questions, be vocal, communicate as much as you can both in practice and in matches with your team mates, even if it's to ask a question rather than to lead.

    When you know there's something you should be doing in a play, such as keeping a flat line in defense, keeping behind the back foot in a ruck, shout out to your team mates. Just because you're new to the sport doesn't mean you can't take a lead, especially when defending.

    And don't worry about screwing up. There are 15 of you on the field and you're all responsibile for one another. Even the most experienced players forget their position and rely on their team mates to rein them in.

    And most important of all: just have fun.