As something of an antithesis to my piece on 10 things I hate about rugby here is a look at 10 of the things that I currently love about rugby.
1. The Fans
Although not completely unique to rugby it is becoming increasingly rare in the world of sport for fans to be able to integrate so well and not need separating in the stands. Not only that but I don’t know any other group of sports fans who are able to give and take such great banter without taking any of it too seriously.
2. The Community
Whether it be meeting some amazing new friends who have helped me build In The Loose or chatting to fans and players down at my local rugby club there is no better community I know. The great thing about rugby is no matter where I end up I know I will always be able to develop a group of friends through rugby.
3. Huge Hits
I’m not talking about those illegal tackles that make your blood curdle but when a tackler really hits the sweet spot and somehow it seems you can hear and almost feel the hit even with 60,000 fans shouting around you.
5. Moments of Genius
6. Barbarians FC
How many other professional sports teams can boast that they select a team from the most exciting players in the world and prepare for a game by having a good piss-up before blowing the opposition off the park (occasionally)?
7. The Characters
8. The Freaks of Nature
9. The Fat Lads
Let us know below what it is that you love about rugby…