Who is still playing?

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Mellsblue » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:05 pm

I’m 39 and stopped playing when I had a run of concussions age 29. I then moved away from where I played all my club rugby so didn’t get back into it. I also moved to a very wet part of the country which, for 50% of the season, isn’t really conducive to the expansive game I enjoy playing and was another reason not to start up again. My kids started playing, and off the back of that I’m now coaching in the minis and am playing touch this summer. Coach has asked me to play next season and I was up for it until I mentioned it to the long suffering Mrs Mellsblue. She listed all the injuries I suffered over the years and asked how I could fit it in between a full time job, two young kids, who have a packed sporting itinerary, and studying for a masters. She also pointed out that I’ve only just stopped a voluntary role, that took up about 3 hours a week, due to a lack of time and that I was proposing to almost immediately replace it with another 3 hour week activity. I did point out that chairing a committee of idiots was far more onerous than playing the sport I love but this was just met with a raised eyebrow, the first signal that a discussion is not moving in my favour. All that said, I took her advice....sort of...I think I’ll start in the 20/21 season once the masters is finished, and then only when the weather is set fair. As for position, I’m a 10 so the amount of running I do is very much down to myself as well as my middle aged conditioning.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:56 pm

3 games, 2 X-rays so far this season. Body might be trying to tell me something.
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Puja » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:02 pm

Lizard wrote:3 games, 2 X-rays so far this season. Body might be trying to tell me something.


To adjust your tackle technique and hit harder?

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Mellsblue » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:42 pm

Puja wrote:
Lizard wrote:3 games, 2 X-rays so far this season. Body might be trying to tell me something.


To adjust your tackle technique and hit harder?

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:27 am

Ha ha. First x-ray, yeah maybe a bit more confidence in the tackle could have helped me not get swatted several yards onto my arse by a large gentleman whose muscles were outnumbered only by his tattoos. Just vertebral bruising that one.

The second one I was the tacklee, not tackler. Should meekly run into touch rather than propping off my right and trying a fend. Heel is still fucked a month later. X-ray showed nothing. Had an MRI Monday.

Thanks for your sympathy, cunts. My career (which BTW has been longer than Brad Thorn’s) is hanging by a thread...
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Puja » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:36 am

Lizard wrote:Ha ha. First x-ray, yeah maybe a bit more confidence in the tackle could have helped me not get swatted several yards onto my arse by a large gentleman whose muscles were outnumbered only by his tattoos. Just vertebral bruising that one.

The second one I was the tacklee, not tackler. Should meekly run into touch rather than propping off my right and trying a fend. Heel is still fucked a month later. X-ray showed nothing. Had an MRI Monday.

Thanks for your sympathy, cunts. My career (which BTW has been longer than Brad Thorn’s) is hanging by a thread...


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PS. Hope it's actually nothing serious.
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Digby » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:01 am

Lizard wrote: Should meekly run into touch rather than propping off my right and trying a fend.


Is that a thing now, for props or for wingers?

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby francoisfou » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:53 pm

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-49598887

And here's me thinking I was well past it at the ripe old age of 70!
Makes me want to buy a new pair of boots!

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Which Tyler » Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:27 pm

Does walking rugby count as "Still Playing" - if so, I've recently returned to playing; despite being incapable of running, or jumping off my right; and not being able to risk further injuries due to work.

It's not the same, but it's good to feel safe, and to spend an hour at the club having fun and throwing a ball around. (We don't play quite the way it's shown in this video, I guess the rules have been adapted with experience)


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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:52 pm

Puja wrote:
Lizard wrote:Ha ha. First x-ray, yeah maybe a bit more confidence in the tackle could have helped me not get swatted several yards onto my arse by a large gentleman whose muscles were outnumbered only by his tattoos. Just vertebral bruising that one.

The second one I was the tacklee, not tackler. Should meekly run into touch rather than propping off my right and trying a fend. Heel is still fucked a month later. X-ray showed nothing. Had an MRI Monday.

Thanks for your sympathy, cunts. My career (which BTW has been longer than Brad Thorn’s) is hanging by a thread...


No charge. Remember, retirement is something only losers do.

Puja


PS. Hope it's actually nothing serious.


It turns out I sheared my heel pad off the bone. Nice.
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