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As a full-contact sport, rugby is often in the headlines for the wrong reasons. There are, however, many health benefits from taking part in the game.

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The medical profession has been quick to recognise this and its impact on public health.

In rugby, players face a number of physical challenges in a game involving a variety of demands on their bodies. These can include aerobic activities involving sprints and longer running stretches as well as anaerobic and strength exercise at mauls and set piece scrums.
Coaches and individuals can access rugby training drills at sites such as Here is a look at just a few of the benefits.

Mental health

As a team sport, rugby gives a sense of purpose and provides the benefits associated with teamwork and a feeling of belonging. Increased confidence and self-respect are also aspects of the character-building benefits of the sport. The physical activity also leads to a release of endorphins, adding to a sense of wellbeing and aiding sleep. Stress levels can be reduced as players learn from experiences during the game to take off-field to tackle any issues affecting them.

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Cardiovascular wellbeing

Playing rugby enhances the cardiovascular system by improving lung and heart delivery of oxygen to muscles in the body. Players are constantly on the move during a game, giving a balance of interval training and cardio workout.

Improved flexibility

Agility at the lineout or during the game are key elements for a player. Hand-eye co-ordination when passing, along with the ability to change direction at pace, mean that the body’s flexibility is constantly being tested and improved.

Improved strength

Tackling and passing, along with scrum and lineout work, improve upper body strength. Meanwhile, leg muscle groups get a workout because of the constant running and sprinting required in a game as well as the power lines executed during scrummaging. Because much of the training involves explosive power, rugby is a great way to develop lean muscle and lose fat from the body.

Bone density

There is evidence that bone density increases with rugby training as it imposes stress on the bones, encouraging increased deposits of calcium. The benefits of this can be felt well after you stop playing and may help you avoid osteoporosis later in life.

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There are lots of brilliant football kits floating around, from the timeless and barely changing England all white to West Germany’s 1990 simple stripe and classy single-color USSR and Netherlands kits from the 70s and 80s. But for every kit memorable in a good way, there is at least one you wish you could forget about completely. However, once you have seen some of these kits there is no forgetting them.

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These are some Football Kit trends that we hope not to see again. Make sure that you order your Discount Football Kits from a reputable supplier such as to ensure your team doesn’t end up on the worst dressed list.

Terrible 1970s Wallpaper

As recently as the 1990s, wallpaper patterns that, luckily, went out of fashion decades before were being revived for top-flight football team kits. Thankfully this is not a trend that has returned. Australia’s 1990 kit is a great example of one that we hope will never see again, with an eye-watering impressionist pineapple pattern.

Scunthorpe’s 94/95 away kit is another example, featuring blue and yellow blotches on a red pinstripe, and invoking feelings of utter disgust in the viewer.

Lastly comes Norwich City’s 93/94 home kit, which strongly resembles a yellow and green version of a London Underground seat.

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‘Natural’ Prints

Referred to by one commentator as the ‘Hull City Disaster’ is Hull city’s 92/93 tiger stripe kit, which is the sort of thing you wouldn’t even see on a Geordie Shore repeat.

This doesn’t end with terrible animal prints or in the 90s, though. Spain’s Deportivo Palencia went with an incredibly creepy flayed muscle kit starting in 2016, which may not be the ugliest kit on this list, but it is just strangely anatomically correct.

Along similar lines but a bit more stylized, we have Italy’s Reggina, which has been using male torso kits since at least 2012. A few years back, they may have resembled a cheap novelty shirt, but they have progressed to something much more stylized but still strangely anatomical.

Eye-Watering Test Patterns

Lastly, we’ll come to those kits that evoke feelings of television not quite getting a signal, with static and flickering images. No kit quite embodies that aesthetic like Norway’s 1996 away kit, complete with 1980s-era text effects and actual static.

Eastern Europe’s fashion sense might have been impaired slightly by communism, but that can’t excuse Estonia’s 1996 kit, which had not one but two horrible clashing patterns.


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We have been blessed in this country with some of the greatest ever motorsport competitors the world has ever seen.  I really want to have a Sportscar lunch box for my snack and drinks when I’m watching things like the F1 Paddock Club Belgium racing live at the stadium. To be able to get there you will need tickets so you could possibly visits sites such as to have your dream trip.  I can have whatever image I choose and I’d really like to have one with a racing vehicle on it.  But who do I choose? There is a pretty long list.

  1. Sir Sterling Moss. Considered to be one of the greatest drivers to have never won the Formula One Drivers title Stirling Moss is a living legend.  He was runner up four times and was there at the start of the beginning of Formula one. His greatest achievement was to win the Mille Miglia. This was a race that took him around Italy and it had never been won be anyone other than an Italian before. Moss used a navigator and with pace notes to tell him of the hazards ahead he drove his way to an historic victory. He broke several speed records on Bonneville flats and also had a toilet that was electrically heated so the seat never got cold. Vehicle choice: Mercedes SLK from the Mille Miglia.
  1. John Surtees. Surtees is the only person to have won both the Formula one Drivers championship in 1964 and the Motorcycle Riders championship. It’s unlikely that this will ever be repeated. He only came to F1 through a chance test drive at Aston Martin. Choice: his 1960 MV Agusta Motorcycle.
  1. James Hunt. Where do you start with James Hunt? He may have only won one Championship in 1976 but his lifestyle and Playboy charm more than made up for that. He was the last of the cigarettes and alcohol generation of F1 racing drivers when the Champagne was real. He was a fearless driver living for the moment and died tragically young at 45. Choice: It should be his McLaren M23 but the Hesketh 308 (no sponsorship!) sums him up better.

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  1. Barry Sheene.  If James Hunt was the playboy of F1 then Barry was his motorbike equivalent. He and James were great mate’s socializing together. He liked a drink and smoke so much so that he adapted his helmet so he could have a fag right up to race start. He was World Champion in 1976 and 1977. Choice: His 1976 Number 7 Heron Suzuki.

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  1. Nigel Mansell.  The only person to be F1 Champion and Indy car champion at the same time. Nick named “il leone” by the Ferrari fans due to his uncompromising racing style whilst with them. He was so committed he even pushed his Lotus, unaided, over the finish line after it broke down just to salvage 6th place. He was only 19 laps away from the world title in 1986 only for a left rear tyre to give way. He finally took the title in 1992. Choice: Has to be the RED 5 of his 1991 Williams. Preferably the picture of him giving Ayrton Senna a lift back to the pits. Two legends in one!
  1. Lewis Hamilton. His racing story is not yet finished but he is already a legend. The most successful British F1 driver ever with three world titles, 74 poles and 64 wins plus almost winning the title in his first year! Choice: His current Mercedes.

The tricky choice isn’t it?

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