As rugby fans and players we go out in the hope of winning, however these seven things are more important than the final result. Therefore in an age of growing commercialism let us remember that it isn’t all about winning!
Whether it be a blossoming friendship with a member of the opposite team or strengthening your bonds with your teammates, winning should not come at the cost of damaging these relationships. After all rugby is a community sport in the truest sense, and at it’s very heart are relationships.
2.Having A Good Time
Let’s face it, in its purest form, rugby is a form of entertainment, both as a fan and a player. It is therefore more important to come away from a game having had a great time, than with the victory. Obviously if you can achieve both it’s that much sweeter, but never forget that the most important thing is to enjoy it.
3.Respecting One Another
It doesn’t matter if it’s a fellow fan, player, referee or bartender, no matter what you think each and every one of them deserves your respect. Just remember that your enjoyment should not be to the detriment of others, show everyone involve respect and you’re sure to receive the same in return.
An increasing trend in the game is winning at all costs with players simulating in order to gain their side an advantage. Can you really say you would enjoy a victory even half as much should it have happened because you or a fellow teammate conned the referee into a decision that swung the game in your favour?
A game of rugby isn’t simply about the final score. From the pre-match build-up to the post-game drinks and post-mortem, the experience can last for days. Make sure that no matter what happens you enjoy every aspect of this experience as it can often be as enjoyable, if not more so than the game itself.
6.Supporting Your Team
Your side may have lost and you may feel absolutely awful, especially if it’s a big game, however don’t be too quick to cast aside your support over one game. Instead remember all the great times you’ve had playing for or watching your team and think of the great times that are still to come (unless you follow London Welsh).
7.The Bigger Picture
You may have lost the game, you may even have been knocked out of the competition, however remember there is always a bigger picture. No matter what remember that there is always another game, or another season for you and your team to come back to and no result can ever take that away from you.
What do you think is more important than winning in rugby?