Will Carling: Rugby's Fight to Differentiate Itself and Be Heard
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
I was trying to explain to a football-obsessed mate the other day why I loved playing rugby and why I still think it has a unique appeal. It made me start to question where rugby is, how it has changed since I played, all those years ago, and where it might be heading.
A brief explanation as to why I loved playing, and started playing rugby, was down to the challenge that it presented above all the other sports. I played most sports, and enjoyed them, but it was the physical nature of rugby that really hooked me, the challenge for me of the fear that it induced, and how you dealt with that. Fear of being hurt, yes, but also fear of not performing because of that, of letting team mates down. So the challenge of building yourself up to deal with the physical challenge, the collisions, but ensuring that you stayed calm enough to think, to play, to plan to win.
None of the other sports offered that challenge. I enjoyed cricket, was okay at it, enjoyed football and was simila
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