You could say that the conditions in the southern hemisphere are more suited to the free-flowing style of rugby that New Zealand and Australia play. Or that the northern hemisphere teams are forced to play a ‘head down and work hard in the forwards’ style, due to the types of surfaces and cold winter conditions they play in.
Touch Rugby has been mentioned as a reason for skills development, with players citing how it has helped the southern hemisphere teams in their bid to win the title this year.
Shane Williams MBE, a record try scorer for Wales, posted a video on his Facebook page where he mentions touch rugby being a difference between the two hemispheres. He talks about how touch is one of the best sports for improving your awareness, agility, peripheral vision, and fitness.
Jonathan Davis OBE, another Welsh International Rugby Union and League player, went on BBC and spoke about how Touch can influence players from a young age. He said that by playing Touch, everyone in the team feels comfortable playing with the ball in hand and not just the backlines players. View the YouTube clip here.
A current In2Touch player living in London, Darren Nico, had this to say on the subject; ’Growing up in Australia lunch time at school is touch rugby no coach or ref just the challenge of finding holes in the defense, forwards and backs alike.
‘In the UK it is football being played and why not when it is UK’s number one sport. The thousands of ball touches and passes that touch offers young players give them the experience to take that skill into the contact game. ’
Touch is a great way to get everyone involved from a young age, playing rugby and enjoying the game. Imagine future rugby stars grow up with an instinctive ability to catch and pass and find a gap. That innate skill doesn’t have to be coached; it’s already there. You just need to channel it.
Touch is a sport for anyone, young or old, male and female, and can be played anywhere and anytime. So why not get the family involved, find your closest touch league near you at http://www.in2touch.com/england involved.