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Sportsmanship and Rugby

In rugby sportsmanship is everything.  In youth rugby it’s more important than winning. In our U8, U10 and U12 we don’t even keep score and will never post results or top try scorers. Players address the referee as either sir or mam, and never talk back to the referee. Coaches and spectators never openly question a referee’s decision, and remain calm on the sidelines.

The team always thanks the referee and shakes their hand, and both teams thank each other for the game, because any game of rugby is a good game. The game is more important than any individual or winning and after a game we host the visiting team(s) to lunch. It’s the rugby way, always has been and we continue the tradition in San Clemente. We applaude good play from all teams because good rugby is good rugby and it’s beautiful to watch.

Rugby is a team sport and the best player is usually the one who puts their team-mate over to score, putting the team first. We encourage our players to play their game to their ability and reward effort not results.  Bad losers and bad winners have no place in rugby. Rugby is a tough sport, but it’s a fair sport, and  a safe sport. This makes rugby a fun and exciting sport to play and watch and most families who are new to the sport are pleasantly surprised.