I had played a lot of rugby at the start of the season and was rested for an LV= Cup game.
Instead of watching it from the stand, I thought it would good to go and see the same view enjoyed by thousands of people every week.
And I wanted to remind myself what it was like to watch a game that my team was playing in without being completely involved and knowing the ins and outs of what was going on in intricate detail.
It was good fun and I ended up talking to quite a few people. I had been doing my corporate commitments and was hardly inconspicuous at 6’ 6” wearing a suit on the terracing.
It was refreshing to be around such passionate people who are so supportive of their club.
I enjoyed taking a step back. It’s always good to do something like that because you get a sense of what the supporters see and why they come back time and time again to watch.
As I have got older, I have learned to enjoy playing rugby much more too.
The pressure is still as great as it ever was but you learn to deal with the pressure a lot better.
When you are young, a game is just a whirlwind of moments and emotions. You don’t really see the wider picture. You play, celebrate or sulk, then come back next week for more of the same.
As I have got older, I have learned to appreciate how lucky I am to be playing the game I love.
I know I cannot go on playing for ever and so, while I am still fiercely competitive and desperate to win all of the time, I can also enjoy each game for what it is.
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