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What Children Can Gain from Rugby

All great rugby players started somewhere. These days most schools in New Zealand start rugby training at the smallest level. The main aim is to create a lifelong interest in the game. Most parents are worried because they believe that rugby is too complicated for children. However here are a few things which your child can gain from learning to play Rugby.

  • Rugby is one of the most interesting sports your children can play. It is something which they can enjoy from a very young age. There are quite a few rugby training clubs which coach children as young as two years of age.
  • The main reason most parents don’t want their children to take up rugby is because they feel it’s too dangerous. However rugby training for children is not all about tackling and scrumming. These things are not taught until the child is at least nine years of age.
  • Children learn basic rugby skills by replacing tackling with tagging. This involves very little contact and children and parents can both enjoy the game without having to worry about their kid’s safety.
  • The rugby training for younger children focuses towards teaching girls and boys the basics of the game. These basics can later on help them become better players as they grow older and transition to actual rugby
  • Children learn to handle a ball at a very young age. This helps sharpen their analytical skills as well. They become more alert and this can help them physically as well as mentally. It improves their hand and eye coordination and helps build up agility from a young age.
  • Children become physically strong. They learn to accept challenges from an early age. It helps prepare them to face challenges as they grow older.
  • The rules of rugby teach children to follow the basic rules in life as well. They know they have to play by the rules for a game. The same can be applied to other skills as well.
  • It can help improve a child’s self esteem. It has been observed that academically challenged children can blossom if they learn the sport. It improves their sense of self worth and can help them academically as well.

With so many benefits of learning rugby from a young age, its something which you should allow your child to learn. Rugby isn’t essentially a game for boys. In fact there are quite a number of girl rugby players as well who do enjoy the sport.

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Some Interesting Facts about Rugby in Auckland

Auckland Rugby Union can be traced back to the year 1823 when William Webb Ellis ran with the ball in his hands towards the goal while playing football. Though there may be more fiction than fact in this story, but rugby is said to have originated in the Rugby school. Till this day the team that wins the Rugby Union world Cup held every four years is awarded the William Ellis Cup.

The following are a few interesting facts about rugby:

  • During the middle of the 19th century it was decided to that there were two main variants of football. These included football and rugby football.
  • The rugby balls today are oval shaped. However this wasn’t always the case. Initially these balls were plum shaped. This was attributed to the factAuckland Regional community Rugby that these balls were made from pig’s bladders. Their shape became spherical when the bladders were replaced by rubber tube inners. The main reason the balls remain egg shaped is because of a special request made by the rugby union. With time the balls have taken a more flattened shape. These oval shaped balls are easier to catch and hold while running.
  • Since rugby balls were initially made from pig’s bladder, they had to be blown up through passing air from the mouth. It was possible to become sick if breathing air through a diseased bladder. This is said to be one reason why the rubber tubes began to be used instead.
  • Rugby has been played in the Olympics only four times. However it is said that another version of rugby would be introduced again in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • The New Zealand team performed the almighty Haka for the first time, to intimidate their opposing team of Wales in the game of 1908. The Wales team responded by breaking into their national anthem. This is exactly where the tradition of playing the nation anthem of each team before the game started.
  • The first rugby union world cup was played in 1987 between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand won the match. It is now held every four years.
  • The most famous of Rugby teams are the All Blacks, belonging to New Zealand. They perform the Haka, a Maori war dance before the start of each game.

Auckland Junior RugbyRugby is a legendary game. It is a combination of strength and team work. Rugby players are agile and strong. People who play rugby consider it as a game for life. Unlike American football or soccer, players can continue playing rugby way past their high school by joining different clubs or union.

Rugby is a sport enjoyed by women as well. For younger children there is tag rugby. It doesn’t involve the tackle of regular rugby instead children can grab the Velcro belts attached at the player’s waist. If you are thinking of enrolling your child for Rugby make sure you take them out to watch a few games with you. See whether they enjoy the game or not. There are many clubs which teach rugby to children, make sure you choose one which you feel would be best for your child.