Exercise and physical training have always been part and parcel of his daily routine and Herbert Mensah often combines this to take his dogs for a brisk morning walk in the neighbourhood of Osu, Accra.
"During the recent Rugby Africa Regional Challenge tournament that Ghana Rugby won against Benin and Togo, we identified that our players sometimes fall short on even the most basic skills such as ball handling. By combining early morning exercise with improving that basic skill we hope to instil an attitude that any and every opportunity must be used to improve basic skills,” Mensah said.Like no other sport, rugby tests all elements of true fitness: speed, strength, power, agility, balance, endurance and coordination. This fitness, however, has to be combined with handling a Rugby ball and being able to run with it, catch it, pass it and kick it.
“Many health and fitness experts and research have proven that walking as exercise is indeed the ‘super food’ of fitness and should not be ignored for both the physical and psychological benefits it provides. Why not combine that with ball skills training?” Mensah said.
The early morning “Gutter-to-Gutter Rugby Training” is expected to catch on amongst many of the Rugby players in the country and one of the players think that Accra and Cape Coast residents may soon be inspired to join in the fun and excitement of the programme.
In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts on each try line.
Rugby is also the second biggest sport in the world. The 2016 World Rugby Year in Review reported 8.5 million players, of which 3.2 million were registered union players and 1.9 million were registered club players. Female players represented 22% of all participants.
From MIMS Ghana