Let me tell you about a wonderful sport I practice – rugby.
Rugby was invented in England around 1823. The main principle in rugby is to respect your opponent. It’s a very physical sport and you have to be very fit to play it. Rugby is not just a sport but a way of life because it teaches you about life.
I started playing rugby 5 months ago. I love it and I feel that the team respects me and I know my teammates and I are there for each other.
I conducted an interview with one of the players (the one who’s in center position), Adrian Ranstein, who’s also my rugby trainer. \
Q: Since when do you play Rugby? Tell me about how you started.
A: “At the age of 17 in the youth team in Haifa. I was captain and at the age of 18 I transferred to the alumni team and played there for 3 years. Now I play in another team, the Yizrael team and I’ve been playing in the Israel Rugby team for 3 years.”
Q: What attracted you to rugby?
A: “The friendships that you have in rugby, the brotherhood.”
Q: Tell me about rugby in Israel.
A: “The players support each other and of course the state helps us and there’s the Israeli Rugby Union. The Israeli rugby team climbed 20 steps up the world ranking and now it’s in the 72nd place, which is quite honorable.”
Rugby is developing quickly in Israel
Israelis and Palestinians for peace (video from irb on youtube.com)