Publication: Beijing Hooker Devils interview

A fun little interview I did about rugby ladies in Beijing. Read it here or on CityWeekend:

http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/articles/blogs-beijing/sports-shorts/mvp-beijing-ladies-devils-captain-jeannie-ivanov-ready-to-tackle-new-season/

The Beijing Ladies Devils Tackle a New Season

Jeannie Ivanov, captain of the Beijing Ladies Devils, tells us why rugby is totally for girls.

What’s the story behind the feisty team name? We are part of the Beijing Devils Rugby Club and the men’s teams have been established for a number of years. The girls actually wanted to call ourselves the Beijing Hooker Devils—because hooker is an important position in rugby—but we weren’t sure how well it would translate.

How do you recruit new players? Now that the new season has kicked off, we’re going to be hitting the bars with our delightful yellow jerseys for publicity.

The stereotype of a rugby player is a big burly man who likes his beer. What is a typical rugby chick? We do like our beer, but rugby isn’t just about being big and tough. It’s about being skillful, having a good time and improving your fitness.

But is women’s rugby as rough and tumble as men’s? The rules for men and women are exactly the same. It is rough, but it’s also amazing how much the adrenaline helps, especially for new players. Right now, the women’s team plays more sevens than fifteens, and sevens involves more running, more skill and less contact.

Any good war stories? Just to offer proof that rugby is not as frightening as it seems … in my first game ever, I tried to tackle someone who was about 1.9 meters tall. She physically picked me up and threw me aside. It didn’t hurt, but it taught me the important lesson that when you tackle, you tackle low. Nobody’s ever pulled that move on me again.

Web: http://www.beijingdevils.com, Email: jeannielufc@msn.com

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