“Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman’s game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.”-Henry Blaha
Back in June (I know, I’ve been slack), I went to my first rugby match in Nelspruit, South Africa. South Africa was playing Wales and squeaked by with the win, but the game was very exciting all the way to the end. My British friend, Callum, educated me on the basics of the game. A couple years ago, I made the mistake of noting (out loud) the similarity of rugby to American football once in a sports bar full of Australians and New Zealanders. I now understand they are, in fact, very different. Here are a few fun facts:
1) A rugby match only lasts 1.5 hours.
2) The field is called a pitch.
3) Rugby players are often doctors or other professionals (ie. gentlemen)
4) One of the positions is called the hooker. (this makes me laugh)
5) A scrum (pictured below) is a formation of up to 6 people from each team, arm interlocked and heads down, pushing against each other to get the ball through the other
Becky, Dionisio, and I did a 2 day trip to Kruger National Park. Unfortunately for Becky, this meant 2 more days of waking up at 5am (we’re going on 5 days in a row of waking up at an ungodly hour). This isn’t the best time of year because the grasses and shrubbs are tall due to the rains. It can be hard to spot animals, but it’s also the time of year when babies are born. Here are some of my favorite pics.
Fabulous holiday with my bestie. We needed more days but definitely made the most of the time we had together. So grateful that she came to visit me in Africa.
Becky and I went great white shark cage diving today to celebrate her big 4-0. What an amazing experience. I highly recommend the company we used (Great White Shark Tours). They were professional, well organized, and passionate about great whites. We saw 9 or 10 sharks today – all of which were females. Unfortunately, they are too quick for the camera sometimes but here are a couple of my favorite shots.