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Seabelo Senatla rugby
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Fast enough to become a Springbok? The story of Seabelo Senatla.

What worrying event ended up enhancing the life of South African rugby player SEABELO SENATLA? The blisteringly fast winger, awarded the World Rugby Sevens Player of 2016 and now also playing 15-man rugby for South Africa’s Western Province and the Stormers, told KATY MACDONALD.

Seabelo senatla rugbySeabelo was born and grew up in Welkom, a small town in South Africa’s Free State. He’s the middle child of a police officer father and a teacher-turned-educationalist mother. Seabelo has notched up 200 tries in sevens rugby faster than anyone else in the world.

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London Scottish Rugby
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Dont miss the London Scottish Community Camps!

Come and join London Scottish at our Community Camps at The Athletic Ground in Richmond. 

We offer multiple courses throughout the season to keep kids entertained in holidays whilst also progressing their rugby skills! Learn from 1st team players who come down to coach and pass on their top tips.

Later this month (August 28-30th) we will be holding a Contact Clinic camp, perfect preparation for the new season and a great way to round off the summer holidays. Book here https://londonscottish.cloudvenue.co.uk/summercamp 

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Rachael Burford rugby camp
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Amazing opportunity for rugby mad girls!

This August, grab the opportunity to train with England Rugby world cup winner Rachael Burford, who will be coaching her Summer Rugby Day Camps for girls in Kent, Surrey and Sussex/Hampshire. The Burford Academy camps are aimed at girls of all levels of skill and experience between the ages of 7-18. Attendees have the opportunity to build new friendships whilst developing their skills and confidence both on and off the pitch, all under the guidance of some of the nation’s top female international Rugby players. 

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Yorkshire Carnegie rugby
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Recycle Possession with Yorkshire Carnegie Community

Yorkshire Carnegie’s Community Team are delighted to announce the launch of Recycle Possession, a new county wide kit donation programme which aims to remove a barrier for people wanting to play rugby union. Recycle Possession will run throughout the season. The aim being that people can donate pre-loved kit which will then be distributed to those who are unable to access suitable clothing which allows them to participate in rugby.


Through our work across the county, we have found one consistent barrier to participation, both in schools and clubs, is the lack of appropriate kit and equipment particularly in the winter months. Recycle Possession hopes to be the solution to this problem.

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Nigel Owens rugby
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Nigel Owens: ‘The next best thing is refereeing’

You could argue that refereeing is one of the hardest jobs in the world, especially in rugby union were the rules are so complex and often see changes season after season.

One decision, whether right or wrong and the thousands of fans in the stadium will be on your back, you need to be able to hold your own.

However, on the other hand you get to be in amongst the action on the some of the biggest stages of them all, World Cup finals, Six Nations clashes, Champions Cup finals. you name it.

Nigel Owens, one of the most recognisable and arguably best referees in the world, admits that not everybody can handle the pressure.

“I think first of all, it is not for everybody,” said the Welshman who refereed the 2015 World Cup Final at Twickenham between New Zealand and Australia.

“People are not going to like you for your decisions, it is a role where people are not going to pat you on the back all the time, they are going to write opinions or shout opinions at you. You have got to be a certain type of person to do it”

Nigel Owen rugbyOwens believes that if you have got what it takes to be at the helm and take control of matches then being a referee comes second after being a professional player.

“On the field the next best thing is refereeing, to be part of those rugby occasions and to be part of the game is amazing,” he added.

The 46-year-old only started refereeing professionally when he was 30-years-old and believes that you shouldn’t become a referee to be a ‘celebrity’ but do it because of your love for the game.

“My advice would be, if you want to be a rugby referee you need to do it for the right reason,” said Owens, who oversaw two games at the 2018 Six Nations.

“Do it because you enjoy refereeing, you are passionate about rugby and you want to be a referee not because you think it will be a job and you will become a famous, well-known person because you are a referee.

“You need to start refereeing because it is an enjoyment and you enjoy it as a hobby and then if you are good at it, and the other opportunities come along for you to become a professional referee then even better, but make sure you start for the right reason.”

Rugby referees are treated with a lot more respect and spoke too by players in a much better fashion than football referees.

Rugby players address the referee as ‘sir’ and don’t give him abuse like in other sports, but when it when it comes to the knowing rules it is a very complicated role.

“I think there’s two things here, rugby referees style depends on how the game goes because the laws are so complex,” he added.

 “there is a lot of grey in rugby which means you have to use your refereeing ability to make a decision. So, refereeing the game itself, I would say is more difficult (than football),”

“Football is more difficult because of the the pressure that is on them from the fans in the stadium, from the managers and from the players, there isn’t the same respect value.

“I think it is different types of difficulties, it is probably more pressure for a football referee to deal with the off the field stuff than the actual decision making on the field.”

It has been suggested that football style back chat is starting to creep into the game of rugby, Owens admits that he has seen an increase of the trait but believes it is down to the referee in charge to stop it from happening.

“I think there is more back chat now, more players tend to come up to you and question your decisions or ask you to check things with the TMO, but I think that’s down to the referee then to be strict enough and say ‘look, this is not happening’, then they tend to respect that and it doesn’t happen.

“But, if you are a referee who allows that to happen, then it will happen in the game, I think there is a bit more of it, so you have got to keep your standards,” he said.

 (This awesome article was written by the brilliant young sports journalist Joel Pattison. Amazing feature photo courtesy of Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images.)

Rugby Mum
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The life of a rugby mum episode 11

Rugby mum

Happy birthday to our awesome rugby mum!

Apologies for my recent absence, life has been pretty manic over the last weeks, my birthday was just the start of the manicness (is that even a word?) and I mention it because I was at a rugby festival at our club for most of the day, my rugby family came up trumps!  One of my fellow rugby Mum’s made me a birthday cake, the Under 10’s sang Happy Birthday to me under the posts and my Godfather got the welcome I knew he would from our Chair and First Team Captain! Epic day, I loved it!  This was phase one of busy times I won’t bore you with the rest!

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