Posted by Braddock, VC |
Feb 04, 2010 @ 04:20 PM | 3,966 Views
Last night he went to his squad induction and 1st training event, he did rather well and came away quite pleased with himself.
I must be honest and say I was quite surprised how big he is compared to his peers, there were 53 in the squad and he was second tallest but because of his fitness and physique he was only 11th heaviest, there being some right old chubbies there.
Eventually there will be 23 in the squad so competition is absolutely fierce and he came back covered with stud bruises and he left one poor lad covered in blood from a particularly severe tackle.
The game of rugby in the UK has gone downhill in recent years, the rule makers have introduced so many new rules to prevent stamping and kicking (people not the ball) that the physical side of tackling and rucking (the art of players from each team squabbling on the ground trying to draw more players in to create openings for the backs to score tries) has become more and more violent with people ending up blinded from gouging etc and fistfights are not uncommon with blood substitution with another player whilst the injured guy gets his wound stitched.
It'll not be too long before they start wearing body and head armour.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing the right thing letting him play the game but hell, it keeps him off the streets and all the bad things that happen there, and he gets rid of all his pent up frustrations out on the field of play rather than on the streets.