Rumball Pleased, Motivated to be Back in Training Environment
With many members of the Arrows gradually returning to training over the past two weeks, flanker Lucas Rumball has had no difficulty expressing how he’s feeling about getting back on the pitch with his teammates.
“It’s been unreal,” said the Scarborough native. “Training alone is difficult and it kind of gets boring and tedious after a while. Just to be out with the boys again, touching a ball, throwing it around, it’s a really fantastic feeling.”
Ontario-based players and coaches have started to ramp up their small-group and medium-group training sessions as part of the team’s preparations for the 2021 season, while ensuring that all health and safety protocols established by Major League Rugby, Rugby Canada, Rugby Ontario, and regional medical health authorities are being properly followed.
“I think all the boys are just really excited to be back out there. There definitely was some rust when it came to skills areas, but I’d say after the first or second drill, it was starting to feel back like when we were training regularly during the 2020 season. Obviously, it’s going to take a little bit longer to get back up to that game speed, but I think we’re ticking away very well.”
Rumball, 25, featured in all five league matches in the shortened 2020 campaign, and has made 11 appearances over his two seasons with the club.
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“As we get used to being back in a regular training environment, I think the key is just to enjoy it, and enjoy playing rugby again and do what we love to do.”
As Rumball and his teammates shift their focus to preparing for 2021, the 35-cap Canadian international has pledged he won’t be taking any rugby activity for granted.
“Getting back out here has been a really good way to recharge the batteries. With anything in life, the more you keep doing something, the more it can become tedious, and it has the potential to become something you can lose an appreciation for. Just being stuck inside these past six months, and not being able to throw around a ball, or go see your buddies every day like you normally do, it really throws you off.”
“It makes you look back, and really appreciate what you’re doing now. It has us all motivated to make the most of all of our opportunities.”
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