What position did you play?



  • Or still play - beg your pardon.

    Half-back and first five - all I could do was kick and avoid contact.

    (get fucked, bullshit you just knew that) 😒

    (Inspired by @ngatiporoukiwi 's pleasant introduction, and we've got to be sure who the frontrowers are.)



  • Started off as a non-passing centre, which didn't really work very well. Moved up to back row, initially at 7 and then as age and infirmity took hold I moved to 6. Did play a bit at 8 but really was not tall enough.

    Tits for hands but could tackle.



  • Going back onto the field this weekend after the heart scan produced no problems. Sure, Mrs TA isn't thrilled, but maybe she should spend less time worrying about my injuries and more time massaging me after games and admiring my manly pursuits?

    Any of the front row positions, though even I consider hooker a bit mental. I did a bit of second row (no lineout jumping tho I won a few here and there) and flanker but second row is too much anaerobic and flanker way too much aerobic.

    What I love about the level of rugby I'm playing now is the other blokes very rarely know what they're doing, so it is a field day by and large. Happy to swap tips during or after the game, depending on how fast they learn 😉



  • Second Five (Inside Centre) at senior level

    Migrated to Openside by the time I finished.

    Done by 29. Fucked knee.



  • @MiketheSnow said in What position did you play?:

    Second Five (Inside Centre) at senior level

    Migrated to Openside by the time I finished.

    Done by 29. Fucked knee.

    Quitter.



  • I was thinking about a similar thread to this the other day - thinking we should do a poll first to guess what position other posters play, then see how well the projections match reality.

    But like most other things I think of, I couldn't be bothered getting around to it.



  • First five / Fullback all throughout club and college, too many concussions so gave the game away in my mid twenties.



  • @voodoo And you haven’t added anything meaningful to this thread either. Well done, top skills.



  • @Catogrande said in What position did you play?:

    @voodoo And you haven’t added anything meaningful to this thread either. Well done, top skills.

    A suitcase, if you will. Blindside flanker it is then...



  • @NTA said in What position did you play?:

    Going back onto the field this weekend after the heart scan produced no problems. Sure, Mrs TA isn't thrilled, but maybe she should spend less time worrying about my injuries and more time massaging me after games and admiring my manly pursuits?

    Any of the front row positions, though even I consider hooker a bit mental. I did a bit of second row (no lineout jumping tho I won a few here and there) and flanker but second row is too much anaerobic and flanker way too much aerobic.

    What I love about the level of rugby I'm playing now is the other blokes very rarely know what they're doing, so it is a field day by and large. Happy to swap tips during or after the game, depending on how fast they learn 😉

    Who were you playing against ? Leprechauns?



  • I thought I was a first-five, as I could kick, and pass really well. To my left. I had also perfected the kick and regather ala Kieran Crowley vs Scotland in 1990, after thousands of practices at the park, unopposed. First played at 16, in trials for the 1st XV. Ended up in the 6th XV, and hidden out on the wing as I literally had no idea what I was doing. Never attempted a kick and regather, which is also how I treated tackling. Almost needless to say, that was my one and only seasons as a schoolboy.

    At around 21 I emerged from retirement - to much fanfare - in Division 5. By now I was large enough to play in the loose forwards, but had ZERO other attributes. Unfit, unkmept and largely unwilling (except when it came to the social aspect), I made as bad a flanker as a first-five, and was again shuffled out to the wing although this time I was even slower. My acceptable passing was recognised though as I often trained at half-back and occasionally 10. Retirement again came after a little more than two seasons in the team, on top after scoring my one and only career try (thanks to the slope on a South Hagley Park field helping me careen miraculously over the line in a corner) and a career-defining solid training just the week before. My team mates will best remember me for my nickname and appalling end of season trip antics.



  • Centre mainly. A little fullback. Some flanker. Now centre / first five (mainly due to lack of better alternative). Palagi "power winger" when playing for parliament. 😂



  • @Catogrande I'm nothing if not consistent...

    My playing career only started started at Uni - I played soccer and basketball as a young fella, then was all about basketball at High School where our coach wouldn't let us play rugby in senior years

    So I played at Uni then subbies in Sydney and some club stuff in London until early 30's. Played 12 and 13, was never great as I'm slow and didn't have those fundamentals you get as a wee kid. But I loved tackling and running straight - no outside break, every step was back into the forwards, and you wouldn't want to have been playing outside me 😬

    I really should have been playing 6 but I hated mauling. Cnts standing on your toes, bloody hurts!



  • Wing as boy, center through my main years playing as a teenager.

    My coach one year asked me to play lock as I was the tallest in the team - after one half he asked me what my real position was - if I had one 🙂

    Went straight back to 13.

    Went to 12 when I came to Japan and didn’t have the speed to defend the outside break against the little fast bastards here, then 6 for the last two years jumping at 2 and not doing much else forwarding.

    All done with that by 30, and was in the process of getting back into it for a presidents grade type thing when I had my stroke at 35.



  • Was tall so was always in the forwards as school and when I started club rugby.

    Played club rugby for a couple of years and it was only in the second year I switched to 2nd 5/8 which was my best position. I could often beat a man and make a break, set up 2nd phase or occasionally pass. By then I'd discovered motorcycling and basketball so rugby pretty much stopped.

    Was never really good at sport (unlike my wider whanau which has a number of sports stars) - just enjoyed playing and participating.



  • @Catogrande said in What position did you play?:

    @MiketheSnow said in What position did you play?:

    Second Five (Inside Centre) at senior level

    Migrated to Openside by the time I finished.

    Done by 29. Fucked knee.

    Quitter.

    Beginning of my ski career

    Still going strong at 53

    3 days before Lockdown

    Soul turns on Hokkaido



  • As a midget with a decent turn of pace, wing through my early childhood.

    Hit secondary school and as a midget with a turn of pace, played wing until 15 when I spent the off season teaching myself to pass/kick off both hands/feet, then the next coach took a punt on me at fullback. Where I showed I was a running fullback.

    Club rugby at first was mostly fullback, where as a skinny bones I learnt it hurt less to tackle the massive polys than pretend to tackle. When I hit prems I was mostly wing/fullback with the odd trot at centre in the reserves. Season of U85s before coming over here where I was a centre who covered blindside at a pinch.

    Over to the UK and was thrust into the hard running and tackling 12/13 mainly as no-one knew how to run lines or hit hard. Would cover wing/fullback but had lost any sense of kicking skills by then.

    Onto vets where half the time I would end up being an absolutely shit 10, or a mediocre centre. But man could I shout at people.



  • @MN5 said in What position did you play?:

    @NTA said in What position did you play?:

    Going back onto the field this weekend after the heart scan produced no problems. Sure, Mrs TA isn't thrilled, but maybe she should spend less time worrying about my injuries and more time massaging me after games and admiring my manly pursuits?

    Any of the front row positions, though even I consider hooker a bit mental. I did a bit of second row (no lineout jumping tho I won a few here and there) and flanker but second row is too much anaerobic and flanker way too much aerobic.

    What I love about the level of rugby I'm playing now is the other blokes very rarely know what they're doing, so it is a field day by and large. Happy to swap tips during or after the game, depending on how fast they learn 😉

    Who were you playing against ? Leprechauns?

    One of the better scrummaging second rows



  • Wing/centre through college and early years of club rugby. Stocky power winger... Inga was my childhood hero lol. Then I got fat after uni and for a number of years was one of the quicker props you'd see in reserve grade in wellies. Ah, the cape of faint praise and self deprecation still fits 😁
    Wish I'd drilled more skills younger though, average tackler but loved contact 🤷♂️ knew I didn't have the mongrel for higher grades... ah or the talent!

    Great thread btw! 👍



  • Lock until my last year of school rugby when everyone got taller than me so got chucked into prop. Haven't played since I left high school.



  • Prop through highschool and just shuffled over one to hooker for club in uni, mainly due to the size of the props I was playing with so had a crash course in line out throwing in preseason

    Gave up club whilst at uni, didn’t feel I could work, do uni and commit to playing

    Played pick up games or social since



  • @MiketheSnow Nice. the second vid reminds me a bit of those trains going through the snow in Siberia. Not sure they know quite where they're going sometimes too!



  • @Catogrande said in What position did you play?:

    @MiketheSnow Nice. the second vid reminds me a bit of those trains going through the snow in Siberia. Not sure they know quite where they're going sometimes too!

    Yep, I've had to drop anchor plenty of times especially in the trees.

    The snow is so light and deep you can be out of vision for a couple of turns.

    And if you don't get the breathing right it's like trying to swallow a piece of coal.



  • Left wing mainly but I played in every other backline position at least once, apart from 1st 5, at schoolboy level.

    I gave up rugby at uni and played more cricket (indoor and outdoor) at that time.

    I've been playing Sunday league football for the last 18 years. Much easier on the body but playing against kids less than half your age makes it interesting. I was marking a guy that was in the Wellington Phoenix Academy a few weeks back. 🙂



  • Jeez. Long story.

    In my first year of senior rugby I was a blindside ... But kinda sat somewhere between a 6 or 7. Was too slow for 7, and too small for 6 (6'1", 96 kg ... have managed to bulk up since then 🙂 ).

    So coach in my 3rd year of seniors asks me to play Hooker. Was actually quite good at it.

    Apart from line out throwing.

    I'm still trying to find my jumpers.

    Chucked the whole playing thing at about 28.

    Then took it up again when we moved to Adelaide at about 35ish.

    At that stage I tended to wear 1, 2 or 3. Any of them worked.

    Played prop (either side) on the Sunny Coast until finally chucked it in my mid-40s.

    Rule of thumb is the older you get the smaller the number you wear.

    Prior to that growing up there would not be a position I hadn't played in my teens, except maybe 13 and 15. But yes! 9 and 10.

    Despite the fact that the best game I ever played was at 8 realistically I'm a 6.



  • Loosie at school and club



  • At 12 -25, Lock. Tallest in the team at 178cm. I'm now 42, current height. 178cm.
    Flanker at 15, although my complete lack of ability started to show through
    Wing at 16. My vision had started to deteriorate by this point ... struggling to see the ball.

    17 years old. Required eye surgery. End of the line for me on contact sport for 3 years.
    19 years old.. Required eye surgery on other eye. Another 3 years out.
    22 years old. Now in London. Eye failed completely. Moorfields told me that was the end of the line for me for contact sport.

    Cut down in my prime. Still had 8 years to prove I was Frank Bunce the second.



  • Prop (preferred loosehead) and covered hooker as well.

    Was 106 kg at my heaviest during my school years, now I weigh 71 kg haha since taking up running almost 10 years ago.



  • @African-Monkey said in What position did you play?:

    Prop (preferred loosehead) and covered hooker as well.

    Was 106 kg at my heaviest during my school years, now I weigh 71 kg haha since taking up running almost 10 years ago.

    That’s fucking impressive!

    I got to 103 kegs at uni, then settled around 94-95 until I started running at 32. After that the lowest I got was 78.5

    I felt like a deer...

    Until I tried to run a half with my friends who were 70 kgs.

    Those (you) fluffybunnies are deer.



  • @gt12 You still run? Yeah running has become an addiction for me haha. I've never been seriously injured before but I'm sure my legs will crap out on me sometime.



  • Halfback.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in What position did you play?:

    Halfback.

    You're right, no need to say more.



  • All three front row positions. Settled on Tighthead Prop as my Favourite. Mainly a B team player, peaked at 21 and played four Senior A games for my home district club. Still running around in my late thirties playing Prezzies and will continue to do so till I can have a game with my currently 12 year old son.



  • @Bones said in What position did you play?:

    @ACT-Crusader said in What position did you play?:

    Halfback.

    You're right, no need to say more.

    I was the non yappy, non swearing, non flap my arms halfback. Hard to believe I know.



  • Prop played both sides but preferred tight head. Auck Club mid 80s heydey.



  • @Magic65 said in What position did you play?:

    Prop played both sides but preferred tight head. Auck Club mid 80s heydey.

    Welcome aboard the Fern.



  • @African-Monkey said in What position did you play?:

    @gt12 You still run? Yeah running has become an addiction for me haha. I've never been seriously injured before but I'm sure my legs will crap out on me sometime.

    Not as much as I’d like. Funnily enough, I started when I was having relationship troubles with an ex GF and it was a good excuse to be out of the house and away from her. Then I started losing weight, getting quicker, and loved it. I had a friend who was a real runner so running/talking was a very very good exercise for the mental health as well.

    With Mrs gt12, we have a two year old kid and I’m pretty involved at the time when I prefer to run (about 5 - 7pm at night), so unless I get my ass out of bed at 5am or go out at 8:30pm, it doesn’t happen. As a result, I haven’t really got any long runs in during Spring and Summer, and I’m so unfit now that it would take me a bit to get up to it.

    A good week now is (almost) daily 3-5 km runs which keeps me at about 84 kgs and somewhat sane. I fit them in lunchtimes or go out at 5:30 in the morning.

    I’m a mid foot striker so I haven’t had too many knee problems (yet) but even with that, my form can get a bit dodgy so I’m sure I’ll get caught at some stage.

    Are you doing plenty of miles? You’re in Christchurch right? We bought land near there and one of the things I’m really looking forward to (if we ever move there) is some not-to-serious trail running. Do you get out off tarmac?



  • Loving this thread getting a lovely picture of "The Fern Rugby Team", a few surprises there.
    And check out big Mike swishing around the slopes!



  • @MajorRage said in What position did you play?:

    At 12 -25, Lock. Tallest in the team at 178cm. I'm now 42, current height. 178cm.
    Flanker at 15, although my complete lack of ability started to show through
    Wing at 16. My vision had started to deteriorate by this point ... struggling to see the ball.

    17 years old. Required eye surgery. End of the line for me on contact sport for 3 years.
    19 years old.. Required eye surgery on other eye. Another 3 years out.
    22 years old. Now in London. Eye failed completely. Moorfields told me that was the end of the line for me for contact sport.

    Cut down in my prime. Still had 8 years to prove I was Frank Bunce the second.

    This rather expalins your unique 'perspective'.

    Did you ever consider reffing?



  • @pakman said in What position did you play?:

    This rather expalins your unique 'perspective'.

    What on earth do you mean by this?

    Did you ever consider reffing?

    Yes. I did a couple of courses a few years back. And if I'm honest, it just wasn't for me.


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