It was the early 2000s, and I hadn’t yet made my name in rugby. I had played a bit for various club sides, including some representative sides, but nothing really special. A few of my teammates and I were in Scotland for a tournament, and on the morning of the final we were woken up with the news that an Australia v Scotland match was going to take place that day. We were both a bit confused as Scotland didn’t have any professional teams at the time, but we quickly figured it out. It was a dream come true for a Scotsman like me; I had never been to Australia, and playing against the home team was just amazing. We lost the final, but it was an experience I will never forget. That’s when my career in rugby started.

From Club Days to Profession

I moved away from the club scene after that tournament, as I felt it was pretty empty going from club to club. I wasn’t one for partying either, so I needed a change. Fortunately, I heard there was a job opportunity in Perth, and I decided to give it a go. I arrived in Perth and started working in a petrol station. It was a great job, and it put meat on my bones, but my heart wasn’t in it. Then I found an even better job at a hotel, which involved me working in the bar as well. That’s when I realized that working hard wasn’t something that was reserved for Saturday mornings, but it was something that I had to do every day. When I was in Scotland, I had always heard about how much rugby was valued in Australia, so after working in the hotel bar for a while, I decided that I would give it a try. It was a good choice, as it didn’t take me long to make the decision, and I was soon picked up by a Wallabies squad and sent off to France for the Autumn Tests. That was the start of my professional career. I had always dreamed of playing for my country, and now I was finally able to make that dream a reality. It was an amazing feeling.

Rugby Is For Life

It’s funny how things work out. A few years after that I started a family, and pretty soon after that my father got sick and passed away. It was a massive shock to us all, as he was the rock of the family. Suddenly, I had to take on more responsibilities, which isn’t something that happens to someone whose family is still intact. It hit me hard, and it was a wake-up call to realize how much my rugby career meant to me. I had played for Australia and the Wallabies in the past, and it was something that I had always wanted to do. However, when I thought about what was important to me and my family, I knew that I needed to put my career on hold for a while. Sure, I could have kept going, but it wouldn’t have been fair to anyone. So I hung up my boots and worked hard to make enough money to support my family. It wasn’t an easy decision, as I love playing rugby, and I miss all the scrums and the social aspect of the game. Still, I know that I made the right choice for my family, and I’m glad that I didn’t give up on my dream. Rugby certainly isn’t just for fun these days. You have to put in the work, and you need to be committed, both on and off the field. There are plenty of opportunities out there if you’re looking for it. Some clubs even have full-time assistants to help out the scrum coach.

The Changing Game

Over the years, the game has changed. Today, while there are still plenty of men who play rugby for the fun of it, the game itself has become a lot more sophisticated. There are new rules and new guidelines to follow, and it takes a lot of training to be at the level at which the professionals play. Naturally, this creates a divide between the new generation and the old guard. The young Turks feel that they can compete with the best, and the veterans worry that their game is on the decline. While there is definitely a place for everyone in the sport, it’s likely that some of the older players will retire before long, leaving a gap in the game that the younger generation will have to learn to fill. This is a problem that the game will have to face as there aren’t enough young players coming through to replace the old guard.

Rugby’s Place In The World

If you ask any rugby fan which series they’re most looking forward to this year, the answer won’t be hard to find. The 2019 Six Nations Championship is going to be hosted in various parts of the British Isles, which should make for some breathtaking rugby. It’ll be an ideal chance to catch some of the top competitors in the world, as well as some of the best matches. The championship is expanding this year, and for the first time ever, it includes a team from Argentina. As exciting as the upcoming tournament is going to be, there’s only one thing that everyone wants to talk about: the weather. It seems that the entire Northern Hemisphere is on the verge of a heatwave, which is wreaking havoc on the scheduling of the matches. Scotland and Ireland have had to cancel their opening rounds, and it looks like the summer is going to be an incredibly long one. It’s going to be the ultimate test of human endurance to see how long the players and the officials are able to put up with the sweltering heat. Who knows? Maybe it’ll even cool down a bit in the later stages of the tournament. We need some good old fashioned rain to bring some relief, though.

That’s pretty much all there is to tell. Since my last column was published, rugby has changed quite a bit. Most notably, New Zealand and Ireland have been relegated to second tier status, and the game itself is starting to become a lot safer. We’re finally seeing the emergence of a new generation of rugby players. It’ll be exciting to see how the game develops in the coming years.