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38 Things Anyone Who Played Schools Rugby Will Instantly Remember

38 Things Anyone Who Played Schools Rugby Will Instantly Remember

1. Rugby gloves were a thing.

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And you absolutely had to have them.

2. Dublin private schools played soggy biscuit, schools from outside of Dublin shagged sheep.

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This was a commonly known fact.

3. Being a pillar in a ruck was a great way to keep busy.

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4. Non-lifting lineouts were a complete lottery.

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Unless you had that kid who was six foot tall at 14.

5. "Cup Nights" were the highlight of the school year.

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The no-drinking pledge was out the window.

6. When Setanta started showing the matches, try scorers suddenly saw themselves as national celebrities.

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7. Creatine farts.

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You were either the culprit or the victim. Sometimes both.

8. Flexing in the squad photo was absolutely essential.

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9. Every team had a center with blonde tipped highlights.

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10. Senior Cup tracksuits were the slickest thing on Earth.

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11. The pre-match hype playlist.

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'Till I Collapse by Eminem being a permanent resident.

12. Wearing your numbered cup jersey to a JCT game or as a past pupil so everybody knew you were on the team once.

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You legend.

13. "First hit lads! First hit!"

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The rallying cry of pack leaders everywhere. Where the match was won or lost.

14. When a fight broke out, you stopped what you were doing and headed directly for it.

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On the opposite wing? Doesn't matter.

15. Choking on the smell of Deep Heat.

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16. Every single word to the Any Given Sunday speech.

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"On this team we tear ourselves, and everyone else around us, APART, for that inch!"

17. The warm-up lap of the pitch was a contest to see who could trip the most people up.

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18. Shouting "Up! Up! Up! Up! Up!" after every kickoff.

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Everybody up as a line!

19. Hill runs.

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20. Every team had someone who took a scissors to their long sleeves.

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As was the style at the time.

21. O'Neills socks simply refusing to stay up.

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22. "Lads, does anyone have tape?"

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See #21.

23. That one lad who always ran sideways and backwards.

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24. The excruciating pain of the ball hitting the top of your finger.

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You may aswell just sever my hand, it's useless now.

25. That feeling in the pit of your stomach as you are being dump-tackled.

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Going up...

26. Utterly ridiculous line-out calls.

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QDC 17 Spider 2 Y Banana = Up at the front.

27.Knee, Hip, Shoulder. The CORRECT way to fall after being tackled.

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Because you had a choice apparently.

28. Eagerly anticipating the away trip to that school that had a tuck-shop.

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Kings Hospital in Palmerstown, we loved you for this.

29. Spending countless hours practicing back-line moves that were never, EVER, used in a game.

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30. The overwhelming smell of Lynx Africa.

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31. The step up from using size 4 rugby balls to size 5.

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You're rolling with the big dawgs now.

32. A protein shaker meant you looked after your body and a Leinster trial was inevitable.

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33. The pre-match huddle speech was 98% swearing.

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2% "Lads"/"Boys"

34. The guy who showed up to training wearing every type of thermal that money could buy.

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35. Having to hold the ball still for kicks and praying not to be kicked in the face.

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36. The comments that came with wearing a pair of new boots to training.

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"Did you get a new pair of high-heels while you were at it?"

37. Using a cone as a kicking tee.

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And never being able to find one when it was time for a conversion.

38. So... Many... Offloads...

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