A recent piece in the Telegraph described how Richmond Rugby Club has been “breaking down gender barriers with its ‘One Club’ philosophy”. It emphasised the progressive nature of integrating the male and female club rugby players, and the advantages that this brings to the women’s team, and indeed the men’s team too. It’s an interesting … Continue reading The “One Club” mentality: myth or reality?
We’re on a break they said. The good kind, where you just have a rest from each other, Like a trip to Copenhagen to eat nice food by the river. Not the kind which leads to a Conscious Uncoupling. There’s been the odd lapse: Sevens tournaments are always a moment of weakness. Touch and tag - … Continue reading Preseason: A Poem (of sorts)
".....Players dressed as wombles for whom the ability to stand up seems a more useful short-term aspiration"
As a club we are proud of our history, it is surprisingly well documented with photos from as far back as the late 1800s adorning the wall, match day programmes and fixture cards from decades ago stand testament to a time when Streatham-Croydon was one of the top clubs in the country. Just past the … Continue reading Marking 100 years of the RAF, SCRFC and the Red Baron.
You have to live under a rock to have not seen that today is International Women's Day. With all the incredible positivity we've seen in the media around women's sport, #thisgirlcan, and specifically women's rugby today, I wanted to reflect on my personal experiences of how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. There are … Continue reading On picking your battles #IWD2018
The five stages of grief applied to building up to a winter evening training session. Denial. “I haven’t seen a text from coach on the WhatsApp group yet. It’s been raining so much I bet the ground will be waterlogged. It’s minus 3, we can’t possibly train in this we’ll literally get hypothermia and die … Continue reading The Five Stages of Grief: Training in Winter
Since women came to rugby slightly later than men, we suffer the consequence in a few ways. The biggest and most frustrating of these is the Sunday fixture. Waking up on game day can sometimes therefore mean getting a few pints of water down you first thing. More often than not it also means a … Continue reading A (match) day in the life of a South London amateur rugby captain
It’s time to put your hand up, stand up, and be counted.
Rugby Warriors who stand firm and tell the weather to do it's worst because Rugby doesn't care. Last weekend it rained, then rained some more, continued raining and finished with some more rain. It focused the mind a little on the strong tradition in Rugby of ignoring the weather. No doubt care must be taken, … Continue reading Rugby in the Rain is something to treasure
Knowing how to lose is a life lesson most of us learn very early in Rugby. Losing hurts, it's not fun, it matters and you can tell an awful lot about a team by how they deal with it. The new season has started well for all our teams, there is a bit of a … Continue reading Win Together but also make sure you can Lose Together