Of Scrummages, Mauls, and Rucks – the Promising Growth of US Rugby

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One of the biggest rising stars in Rugby is Greg Gullberg. Gullberg has been working in television news and public relations for nearly a decade. Recently, he returned to graduate school to earn his masters degree and he was quickly recruited to play Rugby. He has been an Anchor, Reporter, and Producer in several television newsrooms including in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. He has also been a public / media relations manager for a film & television studio. An avid sports fan, Greg Gullberg enjoys playing contact sports. He was a star player for his high school football team and played in two Missouri State Championships in his Sophomore and Senior years. He scored plenty of Tries as an undergrad while playing Sooners Rugby at the University of Oklahoma. Now, as a graduate student he is knocking heads for a semi-pro Rugby team called the Crusaders.

US Rugby has grown by leaps and bounds since its first official competition was played in 1874 when Harvard went head to head with Montreal’s McGill University. The journey has not been easy, as it has taken a backseat to mainstream sports like football, basketball, and baseball. Today, however, rugby is the fastest growing sport in the United States.

According to USA Rugby, there are over 115,000 registered players in the country in high schools, colleges, and clubs in 48 out of 50 states. A quarter of all registered players are women. A report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association estimates the number of rugby participants at 1.2 million.

Much of this growth has been attributed to the promotion of 7s rugby in the country. Played with only seven players on each side, the fast-paced and high-contact team sport is easier to understand than 15s rugby, and easier to fall in love with. USA Rugby has invested heavily in 7s rugby and it has paid off. Both the men’s and women’s teams are ranked in the top 10 globally and both made it to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Going forward, the sport’s officials are focusing on getting young people more involved in the sport. For years, college offered the first taste of rugby for thousands of Americans. The sport’s officials are now keen on growing a solid base in high schools and among youth athletes aged 5-12.

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Three Tips for Cycling During the Winter

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Greg Gullberg, an experienced journalist, enjoys leading a healthy and active lifestyle. When he is not conducting research for a story, Greg Gullberg enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking and cycling.

Cycling is a great way for individuals to stay in shape and explore new areas at the same time. However, some dedicated cyclists may find it challenging to continue their cycling activities during the winter months. In some cases, riding during the winter is simply not possible. However, there are a few tips and tricks cyclists can keep in mind in order to optimize their winter riding experiences.

The first and most obvious tip for winter cyclists is to monitor both road and weather conditions. In some major cities, the plowing of bike trails and walking paths after a storm is prioritized right alongside plowing the streets, while main roads are often left untouched after a light snow due to the application of salt and sand. That said, a well plowed bike path can quickly turn hazardous if a cyclist chooses to go riding in the moments right before another snowstorm.

Cyclists are also advised to ride with complete control of their bikes, a tip that is applicable year round. A clear road may suddenly become slick with slush or ice, at which point riders should slow down and be prepared to take their feet off the pedals to steady themselves. Brakes should only be applied to rear wheels, as front brakes may lock the wheel and lead to a fall.

Finally, cyclists should remain highly aware of other riders and motorists. Drivers must focus more attention on the road when conditions are dangerous, increasing the chances of a nearby cyclist being overlooked. These same conditions may also make it difficult to brake or redirect a car in order to avoid a cyclist, so it is best for cyclists to stay clear of cars and other bikes whenever possible.