Rugby World Cup 2015: “All In”
September 17, 2015 1 Comment
The Rugby World Cup begins tomorrow in England, and I, like many others around the world, have been looking forward to this day for some time. It’s been on my mind at least since this blog post [‘Rugby’s Big Year(s)’], which I am republishing today.
Interest in the sport continues to grow here in the United States. This interest is growing both in its own right–an awareness of the special excitement of rugby– and it is growing as there is increasing awareness of the sport’s impact on the broader world of football in general. Rugby played midwife to American football, so to speak. The familial bond is still present: Jarryd Hayne, an Australian rugby player, just made his debut in an NFL regular season game; and the Wall Street Journal published an intriguing story today on the ‘thing or two’ that American football might learn from its mother sport.
I’ve written frequently on the sport in the pages of this blog, and the journal has published just as frequently on the subject. And so we are ‘all in’ for the World Cup over the next six weeks. Expect timely, topical posts on the sport medicine issues that arise as the games begin.
Among the other twitter feeds I’ll be following (and you should too): @RugbyWorldCup (the official RWC2015 twitter feed); @WorldRugby (the official governing body of the sport, formerly known as the ‘IRB’); @Sharief_H (aka ‘Rugby Science); and @RugbySciNetwork (Rugby Science Network or ‘RSN’). RSN is actually having an international conference on the sport and associated sport medicine, in Cape Town, and following the hashtag #RSN2015 will bring you a wealth of valuable information.
I’ll be travelling through South Africa and visiting Cape Town myself during the tournament, and so I’ll be sure to follow @Springboks as well. Who knows, maybe I’ll be following a winner? Or will it be the Pumas? The All Blacks? The Wallabies? Maybe the USA, ranked 15th in the world, will pull off the mother of all upsets?
We will find out at the end of October!
It’s amazing how time flies. How is it already March?
It’s almost 7 p.m. and I’m writing by the light of a sun that is still above the horizon, thanks to one of my favorite inventions of the modern world: daylight savings time, which arrived last night.
This realization is a personal reminder, however, that I have been delinquent: meaning to write a blog post about an event that took place three weeks ago…..but, my oh my, business has just swamped me, I guess.
As the swallows return annually to San Juan Capistrano, so do the Rugby 7 squads of Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand and other countries come each February to the desert: Las Vegas hosted the USA leg of the HSBC Sevens Series Feb 13 – 15. It is the largest annual…
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