We don't ask for much, a few pints of beer and a plate full of food... we play for the sake of sport.
Rugby is played for the love of sport and its values, without forgetting to respect rules and opponents, for the belief that everything that happens within the field ends when the referee's blows the whistle and you meet for the third half.
In Europe, with the exceptions of the United Kingdom and Ireland, we have only recently really discovered this sport and, finally, thanks to greater television coverage and the spread of the Internet, we too have found ourselves at the edge of a green pocket of grass where two handfuls of brawny players compete for an oval ball.
To make a comparison, just try to think about the audience events like the Rugby World Cup or the 6 Nations Tournaments had but a few years ago in non-British countries, compared to the roaring crowds we now see nowadays.
With time, we have become familiar with terms such as goal, scrum or pylons, and after having understood the basics of the game we have started to love it, with many of us even trying it!
The right discipline to keep fit and be in good company
If you are tired of boring activities and have the desire to get back in the game with a team sport that keeps you in shape, then old rugby is the right sport for you.
A few revised rules to make rugby suitable for all ages
Scrolling through the rules of old rugby, one can see that its rules are almost equal to those of regular rugby (also known as The Laws), safe for a few exceptions. The ban on pushing during the scrum and the provisions relating to the lineout, which must involve eight players and does not allow the lifting or support (lift) of players in the lineout, are particularly striking.
All you need is your passion for the game and the desire to get muddy by running from goal to goal.
The 2019 European Old Rugby Championship
Following the Festival, from 5 to 8 September 2019, in Belluno, Italy, the European Championship of old rugby will take place, an event that will gather teams from all over the continent for four days of oval balls and mountains, without forgetting the after match food and wine the city and its countryside will offer. A beautiful manifesto for a movement that in the last eight years has grown a lot even among the female audience.
Don't worry if you get pushed or if someone will hug you while you fly towards the goal: by the end of the match, every contrast with your opposing team is forgotten next to a good beer.