Your New Jersey Rugby

By Cassie Beynon, International Student, England


A Competitive Rugby Team Based in Morristown. LOCATION: Mennen Arena, 161 E HanoverAve, Morristown (18 Plus Squad)

Wednesday 23rd Of February 2022



Question 1

How did Coronavirus Affect Morris?

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on physical activity and sport, affecting professional, elite, collegiate, tactical, occupational, and recreational athletes. Morris’ participation was widely curtailed in 2020 to reduce viral spread, while tactical and occupational endeavors have required special precautions and modifications.

Illness from COVID-19 can cause a range of medical complications with potential intermediate and long-term consequences. For athletes preparing to return to play, residual effects of illness can complicate medical clearance, protocols for returning to play or activity, and monitoring.

Question 2

How was the return to 2 to 3 times a week training?

COVID-19 illness poses special challenges for determining how athletes can return to intense exercise and full play safely once they are medically cleared to begin exercising. The process can be complex and requires that clinicians consider the following:

●Safety of the athlete

●Potential risks to the safety of other participants

●Functional capabilities of the athlete (ie, baseline and current fitness)

●Functional demands of the athlete’s sport or occupation (eg, military, first responder)

●Legal and regulatory requirements (eg, federal or local government, sport governing body)

Question 3

Cardiovascular complications in athletes?

Early data suggest about 80% of the infected population is asymptomatic or experiencing “mild” symptoms like a fever, persistent dry cough or shortness of breath. According to the CDC, about 14% of those aged 20–44 reach the moderate stage, which requires hospitalization and oxygen but not a ventilator. 

“It feels absolutely wonderful to see these amazing woman on the pitch again after years of having to stay home, watching the news and worrying about even leaving the house. Now we are back to training I can’t wait for this season and to see the progression of our team”

Laurence Fry – First Team Coach

The Rules of Rugby

By Cassie Beynon

A basic section for any amateur players that need a simple explanation of how rugby works

The advanced section explains the more intense rules and an insight of the injuries to look out for If you’re willing to start

The scrum is such a contact tool, it is a ordered formation of players, used to restart play, in which the forwards of a team form up with arms interlocked and heads down, and push forward against a similar group from the opposing side. The ball is thrown into the scrum and the players try to gain possession of it by kicking it backward toward their own side.

The injury diagram is split where the white bar charts are “forwards” and the darker charts are “backs”. Forwards are involved primarily in static activity (rucks, scrums, mauls, tackling), whereas backs are involved with maximal intensity longer duration runs

The Impact and Recovery of Rugby

By Cassie Beynon, International Student, England

Economic Crash

The revenues at World Rugby fell off a cliff last year, plunging to just £10.8 million ($14.9 million/€12.6 million) from £381.4 million ($526 million/€445.9 million) in 2019.

The International Federation was fortunate to complete delivery of its money-spinning Rugby World Cup in November 2019, just before COVID-19 hit.

Since then, it has announced a coronavirus relief strategy, supported by a relief fund of $100 million (£72.5 million/€85 million).

A sharp decline in revenues was always to be expected at this point in World Rugby’s business cycle.

The Rugby Social Upset

There has been events and charities to help provide normality for coming back to rugby for the younger generation. As the children have been hit hard keeping out of schools for years, the anxiety around either starting a new hobby, or keep training will be high. So therefore, by setting goals, creating plans and supporting one another to achieve them, players participating in a charity called Reconnect they were able to find ways to overcome feelings of helplessness or frustration brought on by the COVID-19 situation. This is an important area of wellbeing often overlooked, as the wider impacts of COVID-19 on young people are being better understood.

Other positive behaviour improvements included: encouraging teammates during rugby activities and life skills discussions.

The players’ overall social and emotional competency learning improved across Reconnect and reinforced the importance of reaching out for help when needed. 

Players also continue to have access to a reliable source of information on how to stay safe and healthy, which they could share with their communities. 


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