Continuing from where the last set of rugby photos (two posts ago) finished...
By the way, the helmets a few of the guys wear (as in that last photo) aren't hard like football helmets. They are what they look like in the photos, just a head covering. So why wear them? Well, one of the main reasons is to protect the ears. You see, guys have gotten their ears torn in this game. Yes, torn, as in separated (at least part of the way) from their heads. I've known a number of ruggers who needed to have such injuries repaired surgically.
All in all, it's just a gentle, friendly game. ;)
The tall guy in the middle is Paul. He was the guy profiled in the NY Times piece I linked to in my last post.
Two of the nicest guys you could meet
Another nice guy, and you should see the build on him--wow!
That should do it for that match. If you want to see all of the photos, go here.
I still have photos to share from the Long Island Rugby Tournament, but we can start those another time. I hope you liked these!