“All the guys were super cool about me being here when I was the only girl, and I think that played a big part in me (continuing to play on the team).” Wright said she asked several girls on her high school’s flag football team to join the Black Hawks and is working to get more to join so they can play in a game; they don’t have enough players yet, she said.The girls team typically practices with the U14 junior team, she said.There are four ways to score: a try (touching the ball down in the opponent’s in-goal area or its goal line, which earns five points and the right to attempt a conversion kick), a conversion kick (worth an additional two points), a penalty kick (worth three points) or a dropped goal (occurs when the player drops the ball on the ground, then kicks it just as it bounces for three points).Players can only pass the ball backwards and laterally."The sprinters are trained to build into a run and hit speeds that we couldn't get near.But those guys don't have to hit rucks and catch high balls." May has the chance to test his pace on Saturday, when England take on Australia at Twickenham in London.“I played soccer, basketball and football, (but rugby) is just really fun,” he said.“I love it because it’s fast-paced, going head to head against someone. Everyone touches the ball, and everyone contributes to a win.
For more information about the Blawk Hawks youth team, visit Nell invited girls and boys who used to play in his neighborhood and contacted high-schoolers at Shadow Ridge, Arbor View and Centennial Hills high schools, he said.The team has about 35 players and is in its third season, which runs from preseason in September through June.Leonard Nell grew up playing rugby in Johannesburg, so he thought little of playing it with his two sons in his northwest valley neighborhood.For other children, though, it was quite a surprise. “I introduced it to all of them, and they fell in love with it.” Nell, who has lived in Las Vegas since 1999, taught children in his neighborhood for more than a decade before starting a youth rugby club in 2014.