So you're thinking about really committing to rugby, but you're not sure. "I have work, my girl friend ... my life for God sake," right? Take a good look at this photo - share it with your present girl friend - judge her reaction. If she loves it, propose to her right then and there. If you already know she won't like it ... think about moving on. Seriously. This is not a 'social' sport. You think, wait a minute ... that looks like a pretty social event....
First of all, I checked the calendar before my wedding and there was absolutely no chance of a rugby match that day ... know what I'm saying Keith!
Rugby is a team sport and I do have friends who aren't rugby players. Really I do. But these men that came to my wedding, that serenaded my wife much to her utter joy ... at one time or another during my rugby playing days - I committed to them - I made the choice, the choice, to give them 100% of my time for a common goal. I'm proud of that.
You guys may not know, but the present USA Sevens coach is a teammate and friend of all the guys that are still heavily involved with Philly Whitemarsh. His simple mantra these days is that life is about choices.
If you make the choice, there's a bunch of us that will know you've made the choice and we will support you. I think you guys are starting to realize that.
The first match of the season is a new beginning. Enjoy the match.
If you haven't committed 100% there is still time to make that choice. Why should you? Revisit the photo. These men - these rugby men are truly - my friends and my wife's friends for life.
BTW, I wish we had audio. None of them can sing.