And so it began, the 2nd session of ‘Cause of Rugby’. The sun was beaming down, the smell of excitement was in the air as a group of 27 individuals from various locations, gathered at a rugby field located in Aldershot. This was a time of happiness, as close friends and newcomers welcomed one another with great smiles and laughter. This was followed by a quick ‘ice-breaker’ led by one of our founders, Dinesh Limbu. A circle was formed and each individual had to state their name, location and their current occupation.
After a warm welcome to the team, we set off to commence an ‘easter egg hunt’, whilst some easter scrooges decided to brush up on their football skills. The group split into two teams and each team were handed clues in order to find hidden rugby balls, each with letters written on them. The red team were to collect five balls while the blue team were to collect four balls. As it was easter, every rugby ball found also included little surprises, that being chocolates of course. It seemed as though our game organiser underestimated some of the competitive minds of the hunters as little did they know, there were some cases of ‘foul play’ involved such as sabotaging the opposing team’s rugby balls and also by directing them in opposite directions to where their balls were located. However, this was all done is good fun… some would say. The ‘easter rugby hunt’, occurred within a vicinity of the forest neighbouring the rugby field, so hiding places such as up in a tree wasn’t ideal for people who lacked height, but then neither did it help to look under bushes.
With a long search, the ‘easter rugby hunt’ came to an end. The red team gained 5 points as they collected all their balls first, whilst the blue team gained only 3 points. Once all balls were returned and placed on their specific cones, the letters on the balls formed an anagram. Despite losing, the blue team had an opportunity to become level on points if only they were to correctly guess this anagram. There was one and only one rule that was said by Dinesh, “raise your hand and answer the question”. However, it seems as though one particular player had not been paying attention and blurted out the answer (Jonah Lomu) and although being correct, rules are rules and therefore the blue team lost the opportunity to force a tie-breaker. Making the red team victorious. Some were ecstatic, some were distraught, none-the-less, everyone had a great chuckle over the situation.
After a quick team debrief it was on to the rugby warm up, this was led by Sahil Ghale who made his first appearance as a coach to the organisation. The session began with a ‘nerf vortex football game’ where players within a team had to throw a nerf vortex football to one another, in order to finish the last catch in a designated area, gaining them points. The group was split into three teams, two played while one sat out, winner stays on. The games commenced and everyone was raring to get a good run-out. The games were filled with laughter and excitement. Teams rolled on and off for thirty minutes. Towards the final minutes, coach Sahil Ghale shouted, “THE LAST POINT WINS”, it was almost as though players received a second burst of energy as they heard this. I want you to imagine this. Aashik who was standing next to his own goal saw the run of his teammate into the opposing team’s goal and launched the nerf ball straight into the hands of the receiver, Alok, it was almost Tom Brady-esque.
The idea of this warm-up is to help people learn some transferable skills for rugby, such as hand-eye coordination, passing, catching, communicating with one another and being an overall team player.
Most of the individuals that came to this session had previously played rugby, whether that be in school, uni or for a local club. However, the group also consisted of fearless girls and boys who were beginners to the sport, eager to learn new skills and support our cause.
Next up, everyone’s’ favourite, rugby drills. Coach Sahil was put back into action as he explained the next drill to the group, named L-shaped passing. This requires the ball and the players to be moving at all times with lateral passing through the hands. There is only one ball required for this particular drill. The ball should start with any of the two players at the very ends of the L, players then move forward, passing the ball (backwards) down the line. When the ball gets to the last receiver, that players will then pass it to the first receiver in the next line that is waiting to go. This player must advance right away, allowing the players to simply move the ball down the line in a fluid motion. As shown below:
Once the L-shaped passing drill finished, we quickly moved on to a drill that required two attackers to handle a rugby ball while going against one defender. The objective for one is to get past the defenders and for the other is to stop the attackers from getting past. After fifteen minutes, one more attacker was added making the life of the defender a nightmare. This drill is what coach Sahil called a ‘2 vs 1/3 vs 1 over a 5-metre channel’. However, some decided to amend the rules and use full-contact rugby tackles but only if they were to be up against their close-friends which gave us all a good chuckle. We finished up the drills, had our refreshments and were ready for an intense game of touch rugby.
For this, two captains were chosen, that being Sujit and Dinesh. Once the teams were selected, coach Sahil blew the whistle and the match commenced. Team Sujit was off to a great start managing to score several tries before Team Dinesh was able to score one. However, the scores did not matter at this point, as after a good thirty-minute run-out, the coach shouted: “FIRST TO 3 TRIES WIN”. Everyone knew what time it was, it was time to get serious. Team Dinesh showed the full effect of this as they stormed ahead with two tries, leaving them with one more try to win the whole match. This is when team Sujit stepped it up a couple of notches, they encouraged each other to fight and come back to win the game as the sheer humiliation of losing against friends was too much to bear. This flipped the game around drastically as team Sujit scored one try, then came the second try and you guessed it, the third try. Team Sujit was victorious and yelled with excitement as they completed the comeback. Final score 3-2.
The final whistle blew by coach Sahil signaled the end of the 2nd ‘Cause of Rugby’ session and what a session it was. Facial expressions showed exhaustion but also happiness as we were all surrounded by passionate, hard-working individuals trying to achieve a common goal, doing what we love, playing rugby.
Co-written by Angela Gurung & Agrim Ghale
We held our first touch session on the 1st of September 2018 at Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields, South West London. Needless to say the turn out was great and rugby was enjoyed!
Why would I want to come join in?
We believe that: Rugby is a highly engaging sport and creates social bonds like no other! More than that, it builds character and helps us in our professional and personal lives. It teaches us:
- Discipline and
These are Rugby’s five core values and many of us have used this in our professional interviews (fact); and it has worked.
We want to create a strong, consistent and active culture in the UK so we can create value when we deliver this culture in Nepal. We acknowledge this takes time; we are early on in the stages of stepping stones but if we continue to grow this engagement, then we hope to: develop ourselves as individuals here in the UK but also deliver this rich and positive culture in Nepal through rugby. The ‘Cause of Rugby’ campaign has been designed to do exactly this.
Please do keep an eye out for another event! Soon to be announced.
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Our events are usually organised through Facebook so any further details on upcoming events will be shared through a Facebook link. We will be sure to post the link to any upcoming events on here. Don’t worry if you don’t have Facebook or social media, you can always email us. You will have a date, time and any other information you may need for the event posted on this page. So, keep a look out!
What kind of events/what for?
If you are new to rugby, if you want to start paying rugby – come and join us in our events. We have a bit of fun running around a field with a rugby ball.
If you think you have great ideas for fundraiser activities, if you think you can bake, if you just want to come hang out – come and join us in our events.
Do you know someone who you think can help with the cause, do you want to get involved because you have ideas to develop rugby in Nepal, do you want to volunteer – come and join us in our events.
‘Cause of Rugby is a shared platform where great things can be born’. These are the ideas and impetuses we want to generate at our events whilst having fun, getting involved and being engaged.
That is the kind of events we are running and its all for the cause.
It all started at a beer garden, with a few Rugby lovers.
We’re a group of lads who have a passionate relationship with rugby on and off the field.
Most of us are from a small Himalayan country – Nepal – comfortably sandwiched between India and China where, rugby isn’t a great sport. We beg to differ and hence, our vision: ‘Make rugby great in Nepal and Nepal great in rugby’
Nepal mainly known for Mt. Everest, the Gurkhas and the birth place of Siddhartha Gautama (Lord Buddha) is a country full of culture; diverse in ethnicity and proud in it’s history. However, we have lived most of our lives in the UK and we are lucky to have two countries to call our home. We are aiming to build a strong bridge between UK and Nepal through rugby and we are looking to give our all for this movement.
Why did we start this?
We started this movement out of love for the game and how much it has contributed to ourselves personally. You can find the details of this on our “About us” page.
This is not something we have decided to advocate for out of the blue but it has been carefully planned and will continually be developed. And we would like to see it reach great heights. We want our beloved country of Nepal to thrive in this sport but more importantly: let rugby spoil others in Nepal with opportunities to self-growth and development, like it has done for us and every other rugby player.
Dinesh Thamsuhang passionately delivering the first presentation in a beer garden in Bournemouth.