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Russian champion explains why Penza children should play rugby

14:35 | 21.03.2016 | Sport

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Penza, 21 March 2016. PenzaNews. Ivan Mochalov, Master of Sports, rugby champion of Russia, PE teacher of the Penza classical gymnasium No. 1, explained why children who want to get involved in sports should choose rugby.

Russian champion explains why Penza children should play rugby

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“Firstly, it is the Penza rugby school that is currently leading in Russia. Our children always get one of the top three places, but mostly first. Secondly, rugby does not need much expenses: you only need shorts, a sports shirt and a pair of sneakers. The rugby sports section is completely free of charge. […] Also, children go to competitions free of charge too,” he explained to a PenzaNews reporter before his workshop during the autograph show “Sura Constellation” held at the sports and recreation center “Mechta” on Monday, March 21.

According to him, rugby combines elements of track and field, weightlifting, sports wrestling and handball.

“Many World and Russian Masters of Sports come from Penza and Penza schools. The name of our team is known quite well in the country. There is even a saying: if you haven’t played Penza, you haven’t seen rugby,” the Russian champion added.

Also, most children like rugby as it fits their character, Ivan Mochalov pointed out.

“Both boys and girls like to get rowdy, struggle for the ball, get the emotions you get,” he said.

Moreover, he added that “rugby grows men from the boys.”

“The hoodlums that come to a rugby section begin to improve in behavior, they leave all their emotions, all their aggression behind during the trainings. Years after, they end up as entirely different children,” Ivan Mochalov stressed.

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