Even if you don’t agree with top-level rugby returning in the current climate, even if closed-doors rugby doesn’t appeal to you in the slightest, even though we might not even be allowed to attend matches again til 2021…you have to admit that you’re looking forward to the restored normality of regular rugby.
We’ll have to wait a little bit longer by the looks of things, but for the time being, come on a journey with RUCK, as we remind you of what we’re all missing, and why it will be worth the wait.
1. The Buzz of Your Team Scoring a try
The world’s top scientists are yet to find a way to bottle this up, and that’s probably for the best; within a week we’d have an addiction crisis that makes coronavirus look like the common cold.
2. Having Stuff to Talk About
It’s maybe just as well we can’t go to the pub with our mates while rugby is on pause; some of the conversations that would occur don’t even bear thinking about.
3. The drama will be back
Expect the unexpected when it comes to rugby. More moments like this would be appreciated.
4. No More Classic Match Replays
Club twitter accounts giving us ‘as live’ coverage of cup ties from a decade ago? Had its place for a couple of weeks. Now, it’s getting old.
5. Planning Our Weekends Around Rugby
No matter what type of rugby fan you are, having a full card on a Saturday and a decent selection on a Sunday gave your weekend structure.
Without that anchor, we’ve all been off-centre to the point that even keeping track of the day of the week has been an enduring challenge.
…it’s Sunday, right?
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Bath Rugby: Sam Burgess
What a corker to start off with. The rugby league superstar was signed for Bath Rugby on huge money, joining in October 2014.
His inclusion and performances at the Rugby World Cup were widely scrutinized, and seen by some pundits as partly to blame for England’s “humiliating” early pool stage exit from the tournament—the worst result for a host nation in the tournament’s history.
And following the disastrous campaign, Burgess quit rugby union after just 12 months, opting to return to South Sydney Rabbitohs, signing a three-year contract.
An absolute flop.
Bristol Bears: Tyrese Johnson-Fisher – Bristol Bears
More disappointing than bad.
The speedster, who went viral as a youngster for his four tries at Twickenham in the NatWest Schools Cup, joined Bristol last summer but left the Premiership side with immediate effect in February.
He’s since revealed he’s taken the decision to pursue other opportunities outside of professional rugby.
Exeter Chiefs: Nemani Nadolo
Signed for the club 11th Jan 2011 but was registered under his Aussie passport and therefore cost the club 2 points and £5000 for fielding too many overseas players.
He was then convicted of drink driving, banned from the road for 18 months, and released by the club in May 2011.
He failed to score a single try in his four appearances for the Chiefs. His career has done nothing but rise ever since so that’s nice.