I turned up at the training fields, found the head coach, and said I wanted to play rugby. The coach, who looked like he would have been a seriously dangerous lock in his day, said loudly “Well, this is the right place!” after some comments about coming to the right club instead of the other local opposition (expletives removed for decency’s sake). Then I was asked what position I played. “Ermm….I’ve never played club rugby before in my life. Only run-arounds in the park. Hope that’s not a problem”, said I, also hoping I wouldn’t be quietly shown the door. I grew up in Sydney until I was 8, with uncles, cousins and dad who all supported and loved rugby. My cousin played league until he was 12, my uncles were fierce North Sydney Bears and Wallabies supporters until the club folded, and my dad has always been a Cronulla Sharks supporter, as well as catching some Wallabies games when he can. When the family moved to Adelaide I was asked at the start of the school year if I wanted to play footy. Thinking it was the game my friends and I played in the schoolyard in Sydney I later discovered I’d signed up for this weird game where you kicked all the time, passed with this odd motion and, most horrifying of all, you could pass forward! As I moved through my teenage years, I played some sport, but not much. A bit of AFL (albeit with a curved run-up and drop-kick, which team-mates found hilarious), a bit of touch, and a bit of soccer and cricket. Rugby was still in my blood though, and I somehow always found time to follow the latest score from the Wallabies internationals or NRL games.

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