Wow – what a great summer so far for Women’s Sport, and it continues on Wednesday (August 9th) with the start of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin.
England’s The Red Roses go into the competition as current holders of the trophy. With their success in both the Six Nations and the International Women’s Rugby series, fingers crossed more silverware will be added to the collection. The Red Roses are also currently the top ranked women’s rugby team in the world, go England!
Rugby is currently one of the UK’s fastest growing female team sports, with an incredible 215% growth since 2013. The World Cup offers the perfect chance to get women across the country watching the game, and for the Red Roses to inspire females of all ages to try out a game which is commonly seen to be heavily male-dominated. There are a multitude of health benefits to rugby, making it the perfect sport to take up this year.
Some of the benefits include:
- No physical barriers – rugby players can be any shape or size, tall or short, fast or slow. Rugby just requires you to get stuck in and work within part of a team.
- Stress-relief – because a tackle will definitely relieve some pent-up stress! On a serious note, rugby provides an outlet into which you can channel any stress or anxiety, and experience the hit of endorphins afterwards.
- Part of a team – rugby allows you to feel part of a team, of which you respect and like the other players. Working as part of a team and having to look out for each other brings a deeper sense of camaraderie both on and off the pitch.
- All-over body workout – rugby works every single muscle group to strengthen and tone them. It works on your speed, agility, strength and balance, as a large part of the game is spent running around with moments of high-intensity.
If the Red Roses inspire you to try out rugby for yourself, why not check out England Rugby’s Warrior Camps? The camps provide a fun way to try out rugby, teaching you the basic skills, including passing, kicking and tackling, plus enjoyable fitness routines for you to take part in. Find out more here.