Birmingham Rugby

I’ve talked about it before in a post last fall, so as you may know, Greg started playing rugby.  A few guys he works out with at the gym play and last fall they convinced Greg to come out and give it a try.  Well, I think Greg was hooked!  He only got to play in one game last fall since he didn’t really start until almost the end of the season.  Well the new season kicked in and he’s all in.  He plays with the Birmingham Vulcans rugby team. Oh and shoutout…Greg rebuilt their website 😉  You can check it out HERE.  They practice for 2 hours twice a week and have games on Saturdays.  So far they’ve had 2 games this season and many more lined up over the next 2 months.

Now I could try to explain the game and tell you what positions Greg plays, but I’m sure I would botch that up.  There are scrums, line-outs, 8-man, hookers…I know what some of this means and then some of it is just terminology swimming in my head.  What I do know is it’s basically the marrying of soccer and football.  They play two 40-minute halves, there are no time outs, just a 15-min halftime break.  The ball is essentially never “dead.”  There are plays but it doesn’t reset like downs in a football game. It’s one continuous play of game more like soccer.  You can’t throw the ball forward, it can only advance forward with a kick.  And if you get tackled with the ball, you just have to try to pass it off to a teammate who is standing.  And they don’t have touchdowns. You score points by successfully completing a “try” (but yes, it’s basically a touchdown 😉 ).  So that pretty much sums up my Rugby knowledge.

Greg has really gotten into it!  It’s been more of a time commitment than I expected, but he’s really enjoying it, so I try to be supportive.  And it helps keep him in shape and lookin’ good, so I can’t complain about that 😉  He has learned the game, and he gets out there, and he even scored his first “try” already this season.  I think it brings him back to his love for football and team sports, and that’s why he’s enjoying it so much.  He loves to try something new.  And he’s getting really good at it!  I took lots of pictures at his games the past two weeks.  The first game was against a team from Jackson, MS and then last Saturday they played against the University of Alabama’s club team.  This weekend he’ll be heading down to Mobile to play a team there.  So enjoy the pics! (they are the team in green).

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