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Rugby and Me…

I was privileged enough to attend a school in which Rugby Union was taught as part of P.E. I trained and played with St. Katherine’s rugby team for most of time I was at the school. Despite being rather less than adept at the sport, I always enjoyed it. It wasn’t until quite a few years later that I decided I wanted to get back into playing rugby, and also take the sport seriously and play at the highest level possible.

The change in attitude came about after being invited to play in a 7s tournament whilst I was in my third year of university. A friend of mine had entered a team into the intramural 7s, and the night before the event, was short of a few players. So, in steps myself and a couple of my other house mates at the time. Needless to say, we didn’t do very well in the competition, and I only managed 5 minutes on the pitch before injuring my ankle, in what turned out to be quite a bad way! In fact, after trying to hobble around on what I thought was a badly sprained ankle for the next three days, a quick exchange of emails with my Mum persuaded me to get it checked out by a doctor. Well… the doctor sent me straight to the X-Ray department of the A&E, where they discovered I’d fractured the ankle pretty badly. Badly enough in fact to warrant surgery, and a 10 day stint bed bound in hospital until they could put metal plates into my ankle to fix it. This may not sound like a event that would make me want to play rugby, but it did, and it made me determined to train my ankle back up to strength a join a local rugby club.

My Broken Ankle

It was a year or so later that I felt confident enough on my ankle, and so I went along to train with Nottingham Casuals. I am still playing for Casuals, and the beginning of my 6th season with them is just around the corner. In fact our first game is a week tomorrow! It took a few years, but I am now even playing first team level rugby quite often. We play in the Midlands 3 East (North) division, and are always looking for new players as well as promotion!

Casuals Team PhotoCasuals Team Photo

I have had a few other injuries, including a broken wrist and many broken fingers (one of which needed surgery and even more metal fixtures), but I still enjoy the game.

I plan to blog about memorable games, as well as any new club i may join if the inevitable happens and I move away from Nottingham.

Nottingham Casuals in a very friendly club, with plenty of social activities, including the annual Solstice Sevens tournament, as well as club tours.

My Solstice Seven TeamCasuals on Tour

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