Rugby is the game that keeps on giving, even when no games have been played during what seems to be an excruciatingly prolonged lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic that we are currently experiencing.
Amidst the frustration that we are all experiencing globally from social distancing and lockdown policies, players and fans alike have kept their grasp on the situation by turning towards the many social media and communications platforms available to share their very creative and at times, simply incredible Rugby moments.
In the early days of New Zealand’s lockdown, multiple Super Rugby players and almost the entire New Zealand Silver Ferns Rugby Sevens team have gone on Instagram to display their own innovative creations of homemade, makeshift gym designs and obstacle courses. When weights were unavailable, filled milk jugs did the trick and some even trimmed bushes and mowed lawns to create a running track around their house.
Silver Fern Tyla Nathan Wong making the most of her lockdown.
A humorous take from Chiefs scrum-half Brad Webber on training skills at home
Many European players were not to be outdone. With no games or training, some set to building home fitness centers and others returned to their country roots and worked their farms to maintain their active lifestyle.
Bristol Bears Daniel Thomas keeping fit on the farm
Stade Francais’ Alex Arrate
Danny Care with the Tik Tok
Being stuck at home with a lot of time to kill brought out some of the best hidden talents that players had to offer as can be seen by Paul Lasike’s singing as well as Jamal Ford-Robinson’s comedic posts.
Paul Lasike shows off his musical talents
Jamal Ford-Robinson’s comedy
But at the end of it all, it was the amazing trick shots that really wowed us.
Beauden Barrett seemed to start it off by kicking a ball from his balcony, through the air and swoosh straight into the basketball ring some distance below.
Beaudy with the trick shot.
Not to be outdone, “King” Carlos Spencer showed us all that he’s still got it by reverse passing the ball through the basketball hoop.
The King with the pass.
And then he took it up a notch and did it again but this time with a no-look-behind, overhead kick that hit nothing but net.
The King with the kick. Wowza!
From across the pond, Quade Cooper was seen to be practicing his American Football pass… And then he faked, twisted the opposite way and completed a beauty of a behind the back pass!
Quade Cooper with a couple of easy throws.
And throughout this pandemic that some call coronavirus, Covid-19 or simply “The ‘Rona”, being limited in our activities due to social distancing, lockdown or “The Iso”, it’s good to know that Rugby people are keeping safe and well and taking time to entertain each other and the world with some continued Corona Rugby Entertainment…
The Fafster keeping fit
Angus Ta’avao feeling saxy in isolation.
Julian Savea and wife with the moves.