Rugby participation on the riseWhile many people associate rugby with countries such as England, South Africa and New Zealand, the sport is becoming more popular in both Canada and the United States.
According to Australia's The Roar, a recent report conducted by The Centre for the International Business of Support revealed that rugby participation has increased nearly 20 percent worldwide since 2007. The sport continues to be most popular in Europe, but the study found participation has grown by 33 percent in Africa, 22 percent in South America and 18 percent in both Asia and North America.
"The camaraderie, excitement, fitness, friendships and worldwide travel opportunities are endless and lifelong," Erin Young, a youth rugby coach in Canada, told the Courier-Islander.
The Boston Globe recently reported that some middle schools in Massachusetts recently started rugby teams which are proving to be popular with both boys and girls. Additionally, enthusiasts of the sport say it teaches teamwork, communication and respect for officials and peers.
As always, individuals who want to purchase gear for a new sport can save money by opting to purchase used sports equipment instead of buying new items.