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Rugby is GREAT and growing in Ecuador

A free summer school for kids from 6 to 16 years old opens today. ¡Find out more about this British sport!

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Rugby en Ecuador
Rugby en Ecuador

By: Nicolas Di Napoli, rugby expert working in Ecuador

The game of rugby is growing in Ecuador. This sport is sometimes associated with American football because of the shape of the ball and the dynamic of the game. But the truth is that there is nothing similar and is, at least for me, a sport of respect. That’s how I think, that’s how I play, and that’s how I teach it: respect for my team mates, for the spectators for myself, and most of all, respect for my opponents. Without it I couldn’t play, it’s as simple as that.

Rugby is a physical contact sport. We therefore need to work a lot on the physical side of the players as well as the self-control and skills of the game.

This sport comes back as an Olympic event in Rio 2016, stimulating to those who don’t know much about this sport.

In Ecuador there are 2 clubs in Cuenca, 3 in Guayaquil, 5 in Quito, 1 in Ibarra and 1 in Manta, evidence of the high interest that this sport is generating in the country.

To help promoting this British sport, a summer school opened this Monday July 15th, at the Ministry of Sport in Quito, (Gaspar de Villarroel Ave. and 6 de Diciembre Ave.), from 10.00 to 11.30 for kids from 6 to 16 years old, and is free.

Come and join the team!

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Published 15 July 2013