I know this is an old thread but I played in college at Michigan State, and played for the Detroit Tradesmen for several years after college. What an awesome sport, if only it was available in high school back then like it is now. I played 2nd row in the forwards and occasionally 8 man. My first season at MSU I blew out both of my shoulders tackling like the football player I was. After that I learned the proper way to tackle in rugby.
I'm a fan, not a player.
I caught the entire college playoffs....was SO glad to see the sevens being broadcast!
As for the sevens format, I love the short games/running clock...make it more intense and exciting for the casual fan, like me.
And WOOT to the sevens being added into the '16 summer olympics in Rio!
Yes I'm very excited to see rugby become an Olympic sport. I wish it was 15's but I understand the games are too long for the casual fan and not as exciting. Did you know the US was the last to win the gold back in the 30's? I'm going to play in the Michigan State alumni game over Labor Day weekend I can't wait. How did you become rugby fan wherestheportajohn?
I became interested in the players way earlier than the actual game
My friends and I used to party with/hang out with/drink with/...um, and do other things with a few guys in our UW-Madison dorms who were also club players
sometimes, I'd actually watch matches and attempt to figure out what the heck was going on
I've always been a gridball and soccer fan; but the rugby union 15s rules threw me off
And I *still* get the positions mixed up.
props, locks, hookers, flankers....I know the names, but still get confused with what they're doing out there
(but my, my, my, don't they look HOT doing it)
Having played allot of different sports including football (one year in college) I have to say rugby 15's is the funnest sport I've ever played. Not to mention the camaraderie and brotherhood that develops on a rugby side. The only downside is the punishment my body endured and the old injuries that have begun to surface recently.
wherstheportajohn I would suggest you check out the rugby world cup this summer being played in New Zealand. All of the best teams in the world compete including my favorite the New Zealand All Blacks. I believe the tourney starts in August. I can't wait.
In 1991, while doing some graduate work in Aukland, I had the luxury of watching the All Blacks play in a friendly.
Of course, what made the BIGGEST impression on me were:
1. the pre-match haka....testosterone to the MAX. (I'd seen the Haka done by Maori natives; but the OMG factor doubled when done by the All Blacks.
2. the tv interview later that night, when one of the players was sitting there in his briefs, chatting away to the reporter
As for your injuries, I can only imagine how tough it must be for all of you former athletes to get out of bed in the morning!