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Rugby Mum is back and raring to go!

Rugby mumRugby season is well and truly back! The summer seems to have whizzed by in a flash! So, I thought it was about time I got back to updating you on Life as a Rugby Mum!

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned before that I help my local club with their social media, apologies if I’m repeating myself, some may say it’s my age but I’d prefer to blame my blondeness!! Anyway, I do this as well as all the other busy ‘life’ things, I know mad huh? Well it seems that this season is going to be a busy one, not that I’m complaining it’s good to be busy!

I’ve already been along to watch two preseason friendlies, the first league game, our U13’s tie presentation dinner, the first ladies’ game and my dude’s training – anyone else think I should just move into the club?

I’m still processing the 700+ photos I took and posting on social media like crazy! It seems to have taken over lol!

Rugby mumSo back to the rugby Mum life, this season my dude and I plan to get him into contact lenses, no mean feat for a 10-year-old to conquer. It’s not just the getting them in his eyes but also the paranoia that he will lose one on the pitch! Well exactly that happened to one of our first team players with almost impeccable timing for me to let Isaac know that you just replace them on the side of the pitch!

I’ve been that busy snapping pictures for the club, that I didn’t take any on Sunday at training, to be honest I was a bit fed up with looking through a camera lens! As a club we have been lucky enough to get a club sponsor and all the mini’s shirts have been sponsored, a bonus when my dude needed a new shirt this season! My favourite bit is the back of the shirt;

Best line ever “Dirt is good!”, mind you I’m not sure that the person that came up with the line has ever had to wash a muddy rugby kit! And if you don’t like dirt then you definitely won’t like rugby!

I don’t normally include more than two photos in my ramblings, but I want to add just one more, because I love ‘my boys’ (shhh don’t tell anyone) here is the First XV on Saturday!  It was a great start to the season with a 48-9 win, well done lads!

Until next time, enjoy the better weather while you can, I’ll be digging my thermals out soon enough!Rugby mum

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The life of a rugby mum episode 11

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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!

Skipping forward a bit now!  As some of you may already know I have three kids and my eldest has Cerebral Palsy and hates rugby!  Well it would seem he has changed his mind – he had found a passion for wheelchair rugby!  He’d mentioned he wanted to play so I contacted our local club and we were invited to go and watch the National Championships at Medway. We’ve been to watch wheelchair rugby in the past and I knew he’d jump at the chance, as did my ‘rugby dude’!  What I wasn’t expecting was for both of them to be invited to go and play at the Junior National Championships in June at Stoke Mandeville to help form a Barbarian team.  More logistical planning for me to do!

 I will bring you news of the event once we have been – some fun off season stuff!

Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay for the whole thing, only the Saturday morning, but this meant that we got to watch our local team play, Canterbury Hellfire.

Rugby mumThis is going to feel a bit odd for us as Canterbury Hellfire are affiliated to Canterbury RFC our local rivals in rugby!  I will have one boy with one team and the other with our local team – mixed feelings on that one at the moment especially as we are most definitely part of the Ashford RFC family. Isaac was not impressed at the idea, still two very different forms of rugby even if they are both as brutal!

One thing that did strike me was the camaraderie, the ethos and the welcome – a rugby welcome!  Players that had never met us made us feel welcome and chatted to me and the boys – my biggest boy was being welcomed into a sporting ‘family’ a ‘rugby family’!

 The guys were great and I’d like to thank them all for inspiring my dude, he realises he can achieve whatever he wants to achieve and his wheels won’t stop him.  Yes I had a moment! 

 Unfortunately (I think!) Canterbury Hellfire didn’t win the championship, a team called Crash did and funnily enough it was a couple of their players that had chatted to us during our visit – so a big shout out to Stuart and ‘the other guy’ – I can’t remember his name and I only remember Stuart’s because there was three of them!  Maybe they’re all called Stuart?!

 Anyway, I digress, big shout out to some fab guys for taking time to talk to my boys and inspire my dude and most importantly congratulations on winning the trophy.

Rugby mumHere’s Stuart with the trophy! I’m just going to call them all Stuart, I’m rubbish with names anyway!

With only two weeks left of rugby season I can see me having my time taken up with a different form of rugby over the summer!  Next week is a tournament followed by the rugby club ball and awards ceremony!  I’ll let you know how that goes!

Enjoy the sunshine!

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The life of a rugby mum. Episode 10

I must be mad! Its ok I can hear all that know me wholeheartedly agreeing with that statement because it is a fact! But let me explain why in this particular instance.

We all know I love rugby and we all know I love ‘my boys’ as I affectionately refer to our first team. Well because of my love for both I decided in my infinite wisdom to arrange for the kids to carry out a guard of honour.  When I suggested that I do this I wasn’t aware just how much I would end up stressing over it!

You see our first team had a big quarter final game against Royston RFC in the National Junior Vase, and if they get through to the final they end up playing at the hallowed ground of Twickenham – no pressure lads! As this was a home game I wanted to do something nice for them that brought the club together.

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ARFC 2028

So, many emails later nagging coaches to email parents we had an amazing 20 mini’s turn out to do an accompanied run on with the boys!

Also watching the game was a ‘Rugby Dad’ of one of the first team players!  He came up with the slogan for this photo ‘AFRC 2028’!  Richard it’s the best! Even when your kids are grown up, you’re still their Rugby Mum or Dad, that will never change, I had an insight of what is to come!

Isaac was a little star struck as he got to run on with our team Captain Rhys, who is also our scrum half the position Isaac aspires to play in!  Well you can imagine his reaction when Rhys scored a try! When the final whistle went, and we had won 20-5, I think he deserved a new accolade of ‘Supporter of the Match’! He really did get behind the team, no complaints

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Captain/Scrum Half Rhys Fussell in action with a strong pack!

about the weather just 100% support and enthusiasm, oh and a bit of pitch side coaching!  His passing comment as we left was “Can we come to the next home game please Mum?” – I can see me being in the dog house for spending too much time at the rugby!

Unfortunately, this was the only rugby for us this weekend as mini’s training was cancelled due to poor weather and pitch conditions, the photo doesn’t show how muddy they got, this was the first half, it was a mud bath quite soon after.

So, a rare Sunday morning lay in for me, and I made the most of it!  Fingers crossed for some mini’s rugby next week, I’ve already been roped in to agreeing to watch the firsts again!

 

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The life of a rugby mum. Episode 9

First of all, let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year! It feels like forever since I shared my last musings on life as a rugby Mum and as you can imagine a lot has happened in that time. The most obvious being Christmas and New Year but we also had Remembrance Sunday, my college course started ‘proper’ and that thing called life!

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The life of a Rugby Mum – Episode 8

Well following a lovely week in the sun in Lanzarote my rugby dude was away to Thanet Wanderers RFU this week and boy was I feeling the difference in the weather!

We spent much of our time discussing our various ways of keeping warm whilst watching our respective rugby kids! It was established that we have various grades of coat, this ranges from the lightweight waterproof, all the way through to the heavy duty all weather, furry hooded, fleece lined kind of coat that resembles a sleeping bag!

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The life of a Rugby Mum – Episode 7

I’ve started drafting this blog three times now, let’s hope it’s third time lucky! I was going to rant about the recent suggestion that contact rugby be banned in schools, I ended up boring myself, I think we all know what my opinion is. Then I started writing about how I’d been roped in to help at the club and that was turning into a whinge and I don’t do moaning, so I sent both those drafts to the trash. Let’s face it there’s enough doom and gloom in the world without me adding to it by moaning.

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The life of a rugby mum. Episode 6.

So, the 2017/18 season is well and truly underway!  It feels so good to be back, although time off was good, I do miss the rugby crowd when we’re not there.

This season is going to be a bit strange for me because I have decided to embark on a new venture, a venture which was inspired by my rugby dude and my amazing sports therapist, Erin Rose, I am going to be training as a Sports Therapist.

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The life of a rugby mum. Episode 5.

So here it is my first blog of the 2017/18 season, only seems like yesterday I was writing my last one of the 2016/17 season!  My Sunday morning lay in will be a distant memory before I know it, oh sorry it already is!

So, for us the season started early as my dude had the opportunity to attend a three-day Harlequins Community Training Camp.  Now ordinarily I wouldn’t mind but our road has a partial road closure, this however, means that my normal ten-minute drive to our club doubles. I must say that this is now becoming slightly irritating. Still, ten weeks down, two to go!

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