Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
By Ted Hardy,
About a year ago I had an idea to compile a list of rugby testimonials from NCAA and NFL Football players with rugby experience.
The consensus opinion is that rugby makes better football players. As a rugby community, we already know that. However, the general public, more importantly school administrators, do not know this.
In the ongoing battle to get rugby into schools, we need to take advantage of the fact that every town wants a winning high school football program. Rugby enhances players fitness, toughness, tackling, communication, and decision making capabilities. All key elements for a successful football team.
To that end, I am currently in the process of compiling a list of players that have experience on a rugby pitch and the football field. I will then contact those players to try to get testimonials about how their rugby experiences enhanced their football skills.
I am also looking for testimonials from football coaches with firsthand experience with rugby improving their team’s performance. I know there was a video on YouTube not too long ago with a football coach that openly praised rugby for his team’s improvement. That is the kind of stuff I’m looking for.
Once compiled, the document will be shared openly with the rugby community to use as a recruiting tool, conversation starter, or use it to drive home your sales pitch to a school administrator.
How can you help?
I need names and if you have contact information that would be even better. If you know of a NCAA or NFL football player that also played rugby let me know. They don’t have to be active players, but more recent ones are preferred.
Same goes for coaches.
If you just have a name, please post it (and the college where they played) in the comments section below.
If you have contact information, please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, thank you!