What are your lifts right now? This is a very different conversation if you’re squatting 200 x 5 or squatting 400 x5.[/quote]
I’m squatting mid 300’s and my bench is embarrassingly low, probably low 200’s. I haven’t maxed in a while and I fucked myself by starting a 5x5 too late in the off season and lifting low weights for a month before doing something to my groin that prevented me from squatting heavy.
Also, OP where are you playing? Do you know what kind of style the team plays with? (are they big and foward dominated, fast and back dominated, etc)
It would do you well to see if they have a team roster with heights and weights of current players so you can compare yourself to guys that are starting at your position. I play flanker as well, and I’m around 225 pounds. Although, a lot of teams will have smaller flankers around your size.[/quote]
I’d like to remain somewhat anonymous over the internet but I’m playing for a D1 school in the NERFU. I visited almost every school in that conference, and I noticed that even at the schools that were big and pack dominated, the flankers were either tall and lanky or around my height/build. My school is back dominated and I’m going in as a flanker at the recommendation of the forwards captain (who weighs the same as me but is much taller).
[quote]Chris87 What you have to realize in all of this, is that the ultimate goal is to be a better rugby player. Remember that. So talk to your coaches, check out teammates as well as opponents that play the same position, and then make a decision about gaining or not gaining weight.
If you’re pretty fast, you will probably be fine at the size you are now. Just eat sensibly with a lot of protein, get stronger, and become better.[/quote]
Yeah in all honestly my OP was more geared towards the bb guys as a side thing. My ultimate goal is to play at the national level, and I know that I don’t have the height to play flanker. I’ll eventually have to make the switch to center, so I’m focusing on speed. In high school I was never incredibly fast and I was always good at flanker (even at 145 lbs soaking wet)just because I was the small kid that banged. As far as my speed now it depends on how you measure it. I always finished in the top 3 when we ran miles for football, and I’m always the first guy to the breakdown, but I doubt my 40 time would be anything to write home about. At the end of the end of the day though, I think being leaner and faster will serve me better down the line than just putting another 20 pounds on in 6 months. [/quote]
I understand, I was just curious as to what kind of level. I’m sure you’re going to be fine at your size. You’ve got the right idea about what to do as far as your weight. Good luck