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Facts about Rugby. The Riddle Of Lunacharsky

A little bit about why the first Soviet “Minister of education” loved Rugby.

Today it may seem strange, but in the first post-revolutionary decade, the attitude to sports in the RSFSR and later in the USSR as a whole was sharply negative. Competitive sports were declared in official publications to be a bourgeois invention designed to distract workers and peasants from the class struggle and give them the illusion of a “social Elevator through sport”. And, of course, the disadvantage of sports was that it turned into a profitable entertainment industry.

Amateur sports were interpreted as “entertainment for the rich”, and the Olympic movement was branded as a tool for promoting the achievements of bourgeois society.

Here is a very characteristic quote from the encyclopedia of that time:

“The purpose of the Olympic games is to show the success of physical culture and identify record achievements in the field of purely individualistic sports. In contrast to the Olympic games of the bourgeois-capitalist countries, the Red sports international organizes International workers ‘ sports festivals (Spartakiads), which aim to promote physical culture as a means of improving the health of the proletariat and class education of the working masses.”

Sports were contrasted with developing and strengthening exercises, called “physical education”. Even the” Ministry of sports ” of the USSR was called the all-Union Council of physical culture. Normal sports competitions were massively replaced by “physical education marches” and events in the style of “friendship won”.

A typical slogan of that era: “The youth of the workers and peasants, sports, gymnastics, and games are not an empty sport for you, but a powerful tool in the class struggle.”

Of course, there was no talk of a complete ban on competitive sports, but the General trend was clear. By the way, Rugby was in a worse position compared to many team sports, since the Soviet press of those years branded it as the “Gladiator games of the new time”. While not making a difference between the actual Rugby and amput.

Meet an excellent example of sports journalism of that time, quotes from an article in the magazine “Smena” from 1926:

“And here is a nice” children’s ” game of Rugby, reminiscent of Gladiator games in the 20th century. This” toy ” can only be compared to the bloody bullfights in Spain… Here are a few statistics. In America, in just three months of games, not counting the seriously and lightly injured, there are… 18 dead, with most of them having a broken vertebral column. One was strangled by savage opponents.”

Agree, with such “advertising” a normal person will stay away from what is called “Rugby”.

Today it is believed that one of the main opponents of “physical culture” and a fighter for normal sports in General and Rugby in particular was the people’s Commissar of public education Anatoly Lunacharsky. This statesman was generally known as a “Westerner” – the idea of latinizing the Russian language is worth something!

Lunacharsky’s statement is quoted many times in different versions: “Rugby is a gentleman’s fight that fosters bravery; a sport that should be universally developed.” It is not uncommon to find statements that Anatoly Vasilyevich himself played Rugby in his youth and that he almost shouted at the “athletes”, defending team sports.

Here, for example, is a thesis excerpt from Lunacharsky’s work “Thoughts on sports”, published in 1930:

“I once happened to observe extremely closely and directly… Rugby match… This game of Rugby made a strong impression on me.”

«Rugby… requires high collective discipline… a maximum of internal solidarity, and an unusually subtle one at that… constant self-control.”

The US wants to beat Australia and Russia in the fight for the 2027 world Cup

The United States plans to apply to host the 2027 Rugby world Cup.

Yes, you heard right. It is the same USA Rugby Federation that went bankrupt during the coronavirus, but no one is going to give up there. Along with a number of “stakeholders”, some of whom represent MLR, us Rugby officials are considering applying for the 2027 world Cup. At the very least, for the 2031 tournament.

There are still a lot of discussions and sponsor searches ahead, but the US is confident that World Rugby will want to repeat the success of Japan 2019 in North America. By the way, an excellent test of readiness will be the world Cup in 2026, which will be hosted by the United States along with Canada and Mexico.

Recall that the main favorite for the 2027 world Cup is Australia. Russia also announced the filing of its application.

American Rugby championship will be held without northerners

Four South American representatives will compete for the trophy.In October, Montevideo, Uruguay, will host the Rugby championship America draw, although this time without the participation of the US and canadian teams.

Four teams will play in the tournament: Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina XV. The teams will play three games each. The opening round is scheduled for October 17.

Rules for selecting players for the Australian national team simplified

All in order to strengthen the Wallabies to the Rugby Championship.Rugby Australia has announced a change in the policy for selecting players for the national team starting training for the Rugby Championship. In Australia, the “Matt Giteau act” applies, according to which Australians playing abroad can only be called up to the Wallabies if two conditions are met. If you have previously played in Australia for 7 years and played at least 60 test matches in yellow Rugby. But now, because of the pandemic, officials have cut a window into this harsh rule to please national team coach Dave Rennie. That is, they were allowed to take two players to the team, bypassing the rules.

One of these” limiters ” is likely to be will Skelton. He played three years in England for Saracens before moving to La Rochelle in France. The new Zealand-born Australian Samoan has two seasons in Australia and 18 appearances for the Wallabies. Previously, he would not even have been looked at, but now Skelton can strengthen the fight of the Australians.

Clive Woodward: It was the most obvious red card you’ve ever seen

The sire of English Rugby commented on the removal of Owen Farrell.

What matters to us, however, is not that Woodward has read the fair morals of the sarries fly-half, but that, as a man who enters all the Rugby doors of Albion, he has an insider’s knowledge of the alleged punishment. So, Woodward claims that Farrell will definitely miss the Six Nations, and his suspension will be at least ten weeks if he is lucky.

Whether the British guru is right or wrong, we will find out on Tuesday when Farrell appears before the disciplinary Commission.

Superleague: How the first capital “made” the southern capital

At the Kharkiv stadium “Dynamo” Odessa, alas, could not provide a decent resistance to the owners of the lawn.

Olymp (Kharkiv) 46: 26 Credo-63 (Odessa)

The southerners tried to take advantage of every opportunity to score points, but the hosts simply did not allow them to turn around, although Odessa led 6-0 in the first quarter of the match. Then we saw twenty-plus Kharkiv points, and only at the end of the half “Credo-63” scored twice from a free kick and reduced the gap-22: 12.

But don’t let these numbers mislead you – the game was entirely for Kharkiv: Odessa players earned all their points from free kicks, the hosts scored two tries from Andrey tsarevsky and one from Vyacheslav Ponomarenko.

Kharkiv started the second half in a masterly manner: attempts from Maxim Churaev in the 41st minute, from Sergey Garkavy in the 49th and from Maxim Kovalevsky in the 59th, not only were they beautiful, but they also made it clear that nothing was going to happen in this meeting for Odessa.

On the 66th Kovalevsky brought again, and again beautifully-Kharkiv won someone else’s fight. “Olymp” played out, but Odessa managed not only to score again from the stand, but also to put a Trudy attempt of prestige in the time added by the referee. 46: 26, not so much was not enough for “Olympus” to defeat the guests.

Two doubles from Kharkiv-Andrey tsarevsky and Maxim Kovalevsky. Greetings to “Olympus” and… Odessa team, whose young players gave battle to a famous opponent.

USA Rugby is ready for new loans

The Glendale city court has officially approved a plan to restructure American Rugby’s debts.

Recall that in the spring of this year, the USA Rugby Union declared bankruptcy. After passing the procedure established by law, the American Union agreed with creditors on a schedule for repayment of debts. And so in Glendale, in the presence of all interested parties, the “restructuring” was legally fixed.

According to the agreements reached, the debts must be repaid within five years.

USA Rugby CEO Ross young said: “This is an important step. We are very happy with the result, because it will be a catalyst for us to rebuild Rugby and resume long-term planning that will benefit American Rugby.”

Summary: since American Rugby does not earn money, I believe that the court in Glendale allowed USA Rugby to take out new loans in order to pay off old debts. And let those who consider this decision unconstructive throw a stone at us.

Scotland has naturalized two South Africans

Jaco Van Der Walt and doohan van der Merwe can make their debut for the Thistles in the Eight Nations Cup.

26-year-old fly-half van der Walt is a pupil of the lions, for whom he played from 2014 to 2017, then moved to Edinburgh. After three years of living in Scotland, the midfielder changed his citizenship.

Doohan van der Merwe is a 25-year-old winger. A blue bulls graduate and former South Africa youth team winger, now of Edinburgh. He also moved to Scotland in 2017 and changed his citizenship in 2020.

South Africa will not be in the Eight Nations Cup

The Alliance, which includes South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia, called Bernard Laporte’s statement “pure speculation.” The organization confirmed that all four teams are preparing for the 2020 Rugby Championship, which will be hosted by New Zealand in November and December.

Who will replace Japan in the Eight Nations Cup is still unknown.

The battle of speeds

What will the end of the duel fast – “VVA-Podmoskovya” and “Arrows”? We will try to answer in our preview for the match.

Position of teams:

VVA-Moscow region – 4th place, 26 points, 5 wins.

Strela – 6th place, 21 points, 4 wins.

David Mead (1) of Catalan Dragons touches down for his 3rd try of the game.

At first glance, the rivals that will meet in Monino are very similar. Both of them rely on dynamics, long-range foot passes with a run, fast play on hands and high-speed individual breakouts of backs. Both try to turn the meeting into a continuous series of rapid attacks – their own, of course. And, finally, the players of both teams are very dependent on the psychological mood. While the game is on, they are the kings of the lawn. Cost something to go wrong-start to get nervous, make mistakes and violate, so much so that often further worsen the situation by getting “vacation tickets” off the field. Fortunately, they are usually yellow.

Accordingly, the key role in this meeting will be played by psychological pumping. Who is more motivated for this meeting? The idea of “Varlamov”. For them, a win, in a very successful scenario, means getting into the deuce and a direct exit to the semifinals. And the third place of the regular season gives the advantage of their stadium in the playoffs. Speaking of their stands – this is another plus in the “asset” section of the VVA in the upcoming match.

But the biggest stone that should be put on the scales of the” pilots “– more experienced and” star ” composition.

Given all this, I would say that the probability of winning the VVA in the upcoming match is 70 percent.

On the other hand, Strela will have a “match” almost without the pressure of responsibility. Zilanta completed their super-task at the regular stage. in September, they will face a difficult match in the semi-final of the Russian Cup, which means that now they can relax and play, as they say, for fun. This does not mean that “Arrow” is not going to play to win. I just want to hope that Jaypee Neal decides to surprise with some adventurous pieces in the spirit of “Barbarians”. Having stunned the “voenletov” and brought down their attacking mood, the guests can count on the final fifth, or even fourth place.

It is interesting that this match may turn out to be fundamental in solving the question of who will become the best regular player. It will be attended by two of the four main contenders for this title, who have seven skids in the asset: Leighton Ekstin from the hosts and Aidar Gafarov from the guests. Will this affect the game’s drawing? Soon learn.

Tedo Abzhandadze-fly-hav of the new formation

The 21-year-old Georgian national team player shared his experience with us.

The young no 10 has played 15 games since 2018 (14 in the starting line – up) for Lelos, two of them at the 2019 World Cup. Tedo has participated in three U20 World Championships and has high hopes not only for the national team, but also for Brive, a Top – 14 club.

«”Ten” is the team’s conductor, and its function is to manage the game. Together with the scrum-half, it connects the scrum with the backs during the attack. He must command aloud, have a good technique of playing with his hands, be able to give accurate passes and play well with his foot, both in an active game and when hitting the goal, ” explains Abzhandadze, whose individual actions have led to beautiful breakthroughs of the opponent’s defense many times.

In General, number 10 is a “free-thinking” player, but Tedo believes that all Rugby players should be able to think outside the box:

“Basically, the team, including the fly-half, follows the tasks set by the coach and the tactics chosen by him, however, during the game there are often situations that require any changes. This is a moment that not only a fly-half, but a player of any other position should feel and take advantage of.”

Rugby is a game in which all 15 players in a team must have both attacking and defensive skills, because the opponent does not forgive weaknesses. Regardless of the build, the fly-half must be able to make dominant grabs, as well as play tactically competently:

Abzhandadze devotes a lot of time to improving the game with his foot (C) SRG

“Each team has its own special tactics. Since the number 10 must be able to play well with his foot, he is often given the task of defending the third tier of defense along with a fullback – to return suspended balls to the opponent’s half of the field. Also, the fly-half is obliged to protect his teammates if the enemy breaks through the defense line.”

Despite the fact that in recent years, Rugby has progressed, and the game has changed a lot, Tedo believes that the functions of the “tens” are the same as before, but there are certain innovations:

“The pace of modern Rugby has increased significantly, and the fly-half has to make decisions much faster, but on the other hand, the functions have remained the same.”

Differences between national team and club training sessions

Players of national teams have to adapt to different training systems several times a year, because each coach has his own approach, but if it were not so, in any case, the training methods in the national team and the club are very different from each other. Abzhandadze says that the training process in lelos camp is more complicated than in Brive»:

“The duration of training sessions in the club is less than in the national team, because you spend the whole year in the club and there is no problem of teamwork as such. And in the national team there is not much time for this and training, respectively, is longer. The process of physical training in the Georgian national team is also more difficult than in “Brive”.

On the other hand, each coach has their own approaches to defense and attack, and here the difference is also great. But in both cases, the tactics change depending on the nature of the game and the strength of the opponent.

Personally, I spend a lot of time playing with my foot, as it is a special component of Rugby. It is necessary to be able to defuse the situation by kicking the ball, and thus freeing the partners from pressure. It is important to be able to create favorable moments in attack out of nothing and, most importantly, to score points for the team. Skilfully playing with the foot is not easy at all. Improving this component of the game and improving the accuracy of strikes requires a lot of work in training.”

Announcement. Australia goes to the second round.

Tell us what to expect from round 6 of Super Rugby Australia.

The past weekend of the Australian super Rugby segment was remembered for the famously twisted plot in every confrontation. The 6th week of the main Rugby tournament of the Green continent promises to be no less interesting. The second round starts, which means that the teams that lost at the start of the tournament finally got the opportunity to satisfy their already familiar opponents.

The first to try to take their revenge will be the “Rebels” from Melbourne, who are visiting the capital’s “Brumbies”. The meeting in Canberra on July 4 ended with the stallions winning 31: 23 with an unconvincing game on both sides of the centre line. But it was the very start of the season, the clubs only remembered the taste of the game, now the teams ‘ conditions are close to ideal.

Motivation for the” Rebels ” is added by the appearance of James Tuttle, who did not play for more than two years due to injury. The rebels ‘ coach, David Wessels, rotated the squad extensively for the victory over the leaders. The irreplaceable Matt Toomua has moved from the scrum-half position to the centre of the fan, where he will play alongside Campbell Magnay. Andrew Deegan will replace Toomua in the top ten position. The ball from the scrum will be presented to him by Frank Lomani, who the Rebels fans also missed.

Andy Muirhead and stallions Vice-captain Tom Cusack return to the Brumbies ‘ starting XV. The rest of the team is stable, as leaders should be. The Brumbies ‘ SIO–Fainga’a–Alaalatoa first line remains unchanged for the third week in a row. Why shouldn’t they play? It is the first line of “stallions”, if the victory can not be taken by small forces, takes everything into their own hands and together with the entire defense of the opponents comes to someone else’s score. This has already happened several times, and why, one wonders, should we look for “good from good”?

It is difficult to imagine a game scenario in which the luck will smile “Rebels”, without a fight they, of course, will not give up, but the fifth victory in a row “Brumbies” should take away from Melbourne.

Rebels: Brumbies 7 August, Melbourne, Leichhardt Oval. It starts at 12.05 in Moscow and Kiev, 13.05 in Tbilisi.

But the outcome of the Waratahs and Reds rendezvous is impossible to predict. Both teams do not spoil the audience with a stable game. The koalas were able to win the first round meeting only in the last five minutes (32: 26), when the Waratahs ‘ youth had already stopped playing from fatigue. The inability of the ” flower boys “to bring the game to victory can be explained by youth, or you can also lack of character, but in the end, it’s time to start beating not only”Western Force”.

Brad thorn, despite losing to the Brumbies, made only one change to the Reds ‘ lineup. And the rotation was forced. Chris Feawe of Sautia out due to injury and was replaced on the edge of the fan Jordan Petie. The rest of the koalas ‘ starting line-up, which only by an improbable coincidence lost a week ago to the Brumbies, remained unchanged.

Waratahs coach Rob Penney had two weeks to think about it, but even he, despite a frankly bad match with the Rebels, did not dare to make big changes. Lalakai Foketi replaced Joey Walton in the centre of the fan, and Jake Gordon will step in to distribute passes as a scrum-half.

The slight rotation on the part of both coaches shows their confidence in their guys, which means we can be sure that the game on Saturday will be at least outstanding.

Waratahs: Reds 8 August, Sydney, Sydney Cricket ground. It starts at 12.15 in Moscow and Kiev, 13.15 in Tbilisi.

Jaypee Neal: “We managed to prepare well for this duel»

The Strela coach is happy that the plan for the match began to be implemented from the very first minutes.

“It was a very difficult game in which both teams needed to win! I am glad that we were able to prepare well for this duel. It’s great that our guys came out on the field and started playing from the first minute! This is what we failed to do a week ago in the match with Lokomotiv Penza ! I congratulate our team with the deserved victory!”, – emotional spoke mentor “Zilant”.

On the question of penalties, which were not always successful, Jaypee Neal answered as follows:

“Penalties are always 50-50 – whether you score or not and we don’t know what will happen in the next second! But I will note that the referee played the game well today, and saw the moments at the right angle, and we were able to adjust our shots in the second half of the match.”

Magomed Davudov: “Psychologically, we approached this match correctly»

In the post-match commentary, the captain of Strela spoke about the main components of success in the match with Slava.

“And before that, we had difficult games and this meeting was not easy for us. We have already adapted to the changes in the rules and refereeing, and we can say that we had good discipline in this match, which was the key to success. The management and the coach did not say that we should win today, but they said that we can do it, so the guys believed in themselves.

The guys who came on as replacements were also very well set up for the game. During the break, we talked in the dressing room and thanks to this we were able to add in movement and other components. Psychologically, we approached this match correctly.

For the first season, we are going well in the tournament. We did not set ourselves the task of necessarily reaching the playoffs or taking a specific place. For us, the main thing is to show what we are capable of and from this point of view, every match is important for us. We give our all in every game.”

In the home match with the Slavs, the Kazan team won with a score of 35: 19 and almost guaranteed itself a place in the playoffs of the Russian championship.

Sarel Pretorius retired from sports

The famous scrum-half already works for an insurance company in Bloemfontein.

The South African, nicknamed “Super”, played his last match for the kings in the PRO-14. During his career, he played for Newcastle, ChiTaS, Waratahs and Dragons.

Now the athlete spends more time with his family and gets used to a new place, but does not rule out that he will return to Rugby: “The game has always been my passion, so ideally, I would love to go into coaching. Because of the quarantine, it is still difficult to make plans, but who knows-I have everything ahead of me.”

The appearance of Rugby in Hawaii is canceled?

Although the North American major League allegedly gave preliminary consent for the “Kanaloa Hawaii” franchise to play in the tournament from 2021, the club’s management seems to have been hasty with loud statements.

Senator from the state of Hawaii Glenn Wakai denied in an interview with local media that the team’s creators have already agreed with all sponsors and authorities: “They said that they have an agreement with the tourism authority, which has never heard of them, with the stadium administration, which has never seen them, with the University of Hawaii – it has deprived them of a base for training at all, and with Hawaiian airlines – the company was named as sponsors, but this is not true,” the Senator said.

It is noteworthy that this, especially the desire of the stadium to host a Rugby team, was recently discussed by team Manager Cam Kilgour. And the announced CEO of the club, Tracy Atiga, is already making plans for the franchise to appear in Super Rugby, not in major leagues – at least, according to the girl, they are in talks with the new Zealanders. And this is while there are less than three months left to submit all the necessary documents to the major leagues.

Jordan Taufua stayed in the “Leicester»

It was assumed that the new Zealander could join the “Leicester five” (Manu Tuilagi, Kyle Eastmond, Telusa Vainu, Greg Bateman and Noel Reid), a group of players who refused to take a pay cut and have already left the club. However, as Leicester Director of Rugby Jordan Murphy said, ” Taufua said from the very beginning of the negotiations that he wanted to stay at the tigers.

“We are entering a new period in the history of our team − with a new look at the game from the coaching staff, dedicated athletes and excellent young people who are taking their first steps in professional Rugby. Difficult times only harden people, and I am sure that Leicester will come out of this crisis with the help of our guys, coaches, staff− all who are dedicated to their work and want to contribute to the revival of Leicester, “Murphy added in an interview with the club’s official website.

Ian Foster: “This is not a charity»

The All Blacks coach supported the opinion of his predecessor, Steve Hansen, who believes there should be fewer Australian teams in the new Super Rugby format.

NZR officials are expected to publish their vision for the future of the TRANS-Tasman tournament, which will replace Super Rugby, this week. It is assumed that the formula will be as follows: eight franchises, five of them new Zealand, three Australian. And perhaps even less – only two teams from the mainland and one franchise representing the Pacific Islands.

Ian foster is in favor of this format: “we are not a charity. We need to be sure that the new teams are viable, and they are supported by both the society and the fans. Tournament participants must be both competitive and financially stable. In the past, we have already seen how teams that could not compete on equal terms with their rivals were included in the tournament to attract new fans, and we had to constantly reformat the competition. So we must do everything possible to ensure that our five teams have good competitors. In new Zealand franchises, I’m sure let Australia name their candidates for the tournament, then we’ll talk.”

Neighboring competitors, who had four teams in the last Super Rugby draw, threatened that they would not allow their representation to be reduced, and if anything, they would organize a separate championship. Their position can be understood − at the stage of preliminary discussion, we were talking about a 5+5 formula with the possibility of expanding by representing the teams of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Japan, Argentina, etc.