I’d say hooker would probably be your best bet as well. I wear #2 and i’m 6’0, 210ish (I typically play around 220ish). I’m far from an expert, but here are my thoughts; take them with a grain of salt.
Without seeing you and going by numbers alone, 36in is a bit chunky for a 5’7 flanker/hooker; sorry bro, it is what it is. I’m 6’0, 210 and my waist is 35in. I had to look at myself a few days ago when I stepped on the scale and went “Fuck, how did I go from 208 and 13% bf to 218 and 15.6% in 5 days?!?”; not a great feeling but a necessary evil towards improvement. I think we are ALL our own worst critics here.
Having said that, at 19 and being a relative beginner in terms of training age, I dont think there’s a big need for any kind of cutting, or even any kind of a bulk/cut cycle; I think you need to train and get stronger for your sport. Bodybuilders feel free to chime in, as I am not extremely knowledgable with regards to cutting and bulking. Having abs is great but you have to make a decision: are you a rugby sportsman or a bodybuilder/weightlifter? These aren’t mutually exclusive by any stretch of the imagination (and we ALL want a set of abs of course), but the goals for your training will come from this differentiation.
Dan John and Shugs proved that you can achieve massive changes to your fat mass in a very short frame of time. I think right now you should look into something like Westside for Skinny Bastards and just GET STRONG. I like that one because DeFranco has a running component to it as well; one of my downfalls early in college was to totally neglect the running component of the offseason. I had forgotten that I was a rugby athlete, not a weightlifter. Even just a standard 4 Day conjugated program over the summer (check out Dave Tate’s periodization bibles); throw in DeFrancos WFSB running work on the DE days (2nd workout) as a complement and/or some of Cosgrove’s complexes on DE days to cut some fat and keep a baseline fitness level.
Just some ideas there. I know what has worked for me so experiment and see what works for you. Always tweaking and improving; always be a work in progress.
Jeez, I hope that makes sense, because it looks like gibberish now, probably shouldnt be posting at midnight when I have an 8am flight to Seattle to pack for! One more thing: PLAY 7’s. That is a TREMENDOUS fitness component as well as building your ball skills. My skills have been hurt in the past two years because I haven’t been able to play 7’s in the summers. Even just once a week is enough to keep refining skills; plus it teaches you to play in space, which is VITAL…
I would also second going to rugbystrength.com…Ashley Jones is the All Blacks trainer and has written some excellent articles on that site.