Rugby is the ‘game for everyone’, whatever your size or skillset there is a place for you in the team. The authors of Rugby Revealed, Gavin Hickie and Eilidh Donaldson, spoke to over 100 top players and coaches when writing the guide to the game. They found that while there were skillsets for each position, most players did not start in the position they are known for playing.
Here is the Rugby Revealed quick guide to finding your position and some of the top stars’ stories.
Physically strong and mentally tough? You are a Prop
Props live to scrummage but it is not something which comes naturally as Italy’s Martin Castrogiovanni found. “In my first game of rugby, I played in the second row and my scrummaging was terrible! My coach told me I had the physical attributes of a prop of the future.”
Enjoy variety and technical challenges? You are a Hooker
Being composed, confident and mentally tough helps a hooker throw at the lineout. It’s a skill that helped France’s Benjamin Kayser find his position. “I played No 8 and loosehead. One day the hooker got injured and I’d played a lot of basketball so the boys said Ben can throw and it went well.”
Like contesting the ball in the air and ready to ruck? You are a Lock
Mobile and versatile, a lock’s height an advantage at the lineout and they don’t come much taller than Ireland’s Devin Toner. “I started at number 8 but then I hit 6’4 and didn’t stop until 6’10! So naturally I was put into the second row.”
Love hardwork and being at the heart of the action? You are a Back Row
Wales’ Sam Warburton’s jersey is definitely made of ‘captain material’ but it’s also featured the No 7 since his early days. “I’ve played open side since being selected to play there for Cardiff schools under 11’s and loved the position ever since.”
Can you handle pressure and love directing the play? You are a Scrum Half
The 9 and 10 on the team have to have a good understanding of each other’s roles. No surprise then that players like Ben Youngs switch between the two positions. “I was a 10 until I was 16 then the coach felt I would be a better scrum half.”
Strategic thinker who thrives making decisions under pressure? You are a Fly Half
England’s George Ford is a rugby league convert who has been able to successfully transfer his skills because of his experience in a similar position. “I started playing rugby league and there’s quite a lot of skills and attributes that crossover with standoff and fly half.”
Powerful, pacey, and possess an analytical mind? You are a Centre
Jamie Roberts had to think quickly when he was first chosen to play at centre for Wales. “I did not play centre until my third cap for Wales. The coach asked me, “How much rugby have you played at 12?” The last time was at U15s but I told him, “Yeah, I’ve played a bit of 12 in my time”.
Quick feet and love to score? You are a Winger
The fleet of foot George North made his mark on the wing but had he not been injured the Welsh back row might have benefited. “I was playing 7 in college, picked up a collarbone injury. I came back faster than before, moved onto the wing and I haven’t looked back!”
Versatile, fearless, and able to read the game? You are a Full Back
Ireland’s Rob Kearney definitely played to his strengths when he chose full back over wing. “I always felt my skillset was a better fit at full back on the global stage because there are so many monster, powerful guys on the wing with an enormous amount of pace.”
So you’ve set a resolution to be healthier this year! Good for you! Now comes the hard part, but with a little help, it doesn’t have to be that hard.
We’re halfway through January–keep your New Year’s fitness resolutions on track with our roundup of motivational posts, articles, and videos. Check out the links below and let Bloomsbury’s expert fitness authors keep you on track!
Paul Mumford, creator of The Accumulator™ program, offers up some tips on keeping up with your goals of getting fit and staying healthy. You can also head over to his blog for some more info on his 30-day fitness plan to mix up your workouts and get your body in gear this January.
Resolving to eat better in 2016? Dr. Sarah Schenker, co-author of this winter’s The Ageless Body, is a nutritionist with great ideas and tips for eating well. Check out her blog for great healthy recipes like a do-it-yourself breakfast cereal that will give you workout a boost or a decadent but lean steak salad. As you start a healthy eating and exercise plan, check in with Dr. Schenker and her co-author Peta Bee on Twitter for a little extra motivation.
Dive into the blog of nutritionist and former bodybuilding champion Anita Bean for more tips on the proper nutrition for an active lifestyle. Anita answers your diet questions like “Do low fat diets really work?” and “Will eating Paleo boost my athletic performance?”
And if you need more inspiration, US readers can get 40% off selected sport and fitness books through the end of January.
What happened to you at the start of 2015? Did you aim get fit, lose weight and improve your health? How is that going? Are you stepping into 2016 with the same resolutions you started with last year?
Weight, health and fitness are on the top of many people’s New Year’s list but how many actually succeed? Not many, in fact studies show that only 8% achieve any of the goals they set for themselves on New Year’s Day. Many will even decide before Christmas they want to lose weight and tone up once it’s all over but many will never even start. The intention is there, they complain about how much they’re eating (often while eating it) and come January 1st it’s a distant memory. So how do you become one of the minority? If you’re already starting to feel like you can’t be bothered or looking for reasons to say ‘I’m too busy’, here are 5 things you can do so you don’t make the same resolutions next year.
1. SET A GOAL
Pick one thing you would like to achieve and work to achieve it. It’s no good saying you’re going to the gym to ‘get fit’ because how do you know when you’ve done it? You need something to strive for that you can actually measure but isn’t unrealistic. Start with a goal that may only take you a few weeks to achieve. Then, when you’ve got there you’ll feel great about yourself and be ready to set another. By looking at a big picture (like dropping a dress size or more) it seems so far away that you’re more likely to lose enthusiasm and give up. The Accumulator™ book contains a workout and healthy eating plan that takes only 30 days to work through. Then once you’re done there are lots of other options to keep you on track.
2. THINK VARIETY
The human brain is built to crave variety. But why do I see so many people doing the same exercises week after week in the gym? Don’t these people get bored? Well, yes they probably do; and they’re probably not seeing results either. These are 2 more things that can lead to failure. To keep you and your brain interested and to promote your body to change you need variety. The Accumulator™ is different each day but not so different that you find it impossible to do. By adding only one new exercise to the workout each day and one change to your diet you are gradually challenged to try new things and become better at the ones you’ve been doing for longer so you see an improvement each day.
3. GET SOME HELP
Exercising with a friend is a great way to keep you motivated. Having help and support can make a real difference and establish accountability. You will have someone to answer to if you fall off the wagon. The Accumulator™ is built around support. By remaining in contact with everyone else taking part (via our Facebook group) you have a team right there with you every single day.
4. DON’T START AT FULL SPEED
When you were a baby did you get up and run on day 1? No it took many months for your body to develop so you could first crawl then stand before you could even walk. If you’re new or returning to exercise it’s unreasonable to expect to run straight away and many people try to start a diet and exercise plan at 100% by choosing the hardest workouts and making many changes at once. This is a bit like trying to juggle with lots of balls. When you drop one ball (and you will) you’re more likely to give up completely. The Accumulator™ is a 30 day plan that builds with one new exercise and one change to your diet each day so you learn to juggle one ball at a time.
5. START RIGHT NOW
No time like the present right? Why not take the plunge by trying day one of The Accumulator™ fitness plan right now (check out the video below) or read out about the whole 30 day plan in the book.
Ever watched a game of football and thought the ref got it wrong? Think you could do a better job? If you fancy yourself as the new Mark Clattenburg, Michael Oliver or Phil Dowd, perhaps you should get your hands on the bestselling referee manual, The Soccer Referee’s Manual. Now in its sixth edition, it contains FIFA’s most recent Laws of the Game, and has over 100 questions and answers on the laws and interpretations, and contains invaluable insights in to the FA’s referee training and advice.
So what are you still doing sitting on your sofa? Get yourself a copy and get out there on the pitch…
And don’t forget your whistle!
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Unless you’ve been stuck in a blizzard in Siberia, you’ll know that one of the world’s greatest sports events is happening right now!
The Rugby World Cup 2015 has already been pronounced as the greatest edition of the tournament, breaking records in ticket sales, TV audiences, commercial revenue and social media interaction. (I even got to be part of the record-breaking 89,267-strong crowd at Sunday’s Ireland-Romania clash – woo!) And RWC 2015 has also featured a plethora of the world’s most magnificent beards – even Prince Harry was sporting one at the opening ceremony!
But what do you know about the history of this great test of human strength, aggression, speed and endurance? Starting with the inaugural competition in 1987 – in which New Zealand confirmed their status as the world’s top rugby nation – to the historical 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa after the end of apartheid and the international sports boycott through England’s fantastic win in 2003 breaking the southern hemisphere’s dominance, up to this year’s qualifiers, The Rugby World Cup is a unique photographic journey through each tournament. So why not get your hands on a copy.
The Rugby World Cup: The Definitive Photographic History by Brendan Gallagher. Get 30% this book and all our other rugby titles on our website.
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc are looking for an experienced Commissioning Editor to work on our fantastic Sports and Fitness list. Working with the Head of Department you will commission sports and fitness titles across the market, including gift titles, narratives, reference books, coffee table titles and training manuals.
Bloomsbury Sport publishes the best in sport, health and fitness books, covering a wide range of subjects, from the history of cycling through to the practicalities of foam rolling. This is a challenging and exciting role for someone able to manage their own projects with plenty of drive and enthusiasm.
• Commission new products and manage backlist to ensure your list meets identified market needs
• Maintain solid market awareness in order to identify publishing opportunities
• Monitor market trends and competitor activity; undertake market research
• Develop and maintain a network of external contacts; attend conferences/events as required
• Draw up and negotiate contracts with authors / agents
• Manage initial budget and schedule for commissioned projects
Skills, knowledge, experience
• Must have experience in trade book publishing
• Track record of commissioning books, ideally developing a list
• Excellent knowledge of the editorial and commissioning process
• Relevant market knowledge advantageous / interest in the sports and fitness sector
• Good awareness / experience of ebooks/digital opportunities
This role is based at Bloomsbury’s London office, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP. To apply, please send a CV, covering letter, including current salary details and notice period, to Julia.Thomson@bloomsbury.com. Julia Thomson, HR Advisor.
The closing date for this role is Monday, 28th September 2015.