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Thursday Mar 2, 2017

What Rugby Gave Me, John Goldman

What Rugby Gave Me, John Goldman
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Rarely does sport produce such inspirational characters as John Goldman, a 76 year-old man who has beaten cancer twice, undergone a heart by-pass but continues to regularly play rugby for his club, Mill Hill RFC. This England Rugby details an extraordinary man.

Goldman is as humble as he is passionate about his sport. Predictably, he doesn’t think he is inspirational or unique. But the truth could hardly be further from that statement.

He was inspired to take up the sport, that he played fleetingly during his school days, after watching the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Since then, it has become “The most enjoyable time of my life.”

Keeping fit and healthy for someone who has gone through so much adversity is a key element to his happiness. Goldman lifts weights to keep his muscles active and ready for games, but rather bizarrely, he prefers to hit trees to get used to the contact!

The video does much of the speaking but perhaps more inspring was Goldman’s comment he made in reply to the RFU’s Facebook post:

Pure class. We wish him many more years in the game.

6 Comments

  • drg
    9:33 AM 03/03/2017

    I was going to say, I've never had the pleasure of being part of a club that sports such an interesting blazer... I'd say it's slightly less hideous than the father in laws cricket blazer....

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  • stroudos
    7:56 AM 03/03/2017

    Definitely. Hat -tip also to Mill Hill RFC for a truly hideous club blazer and tie combo. Now that is a beautiful thing.

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  • 10stonenumber10
    5:46 PM 02/03/2017

    10/10 for putting lads 1/3rd his age to shame. 11/10 for the head tape. An art form lost on this modern generation...

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  • guy
    4:26 PM 02/03/2017

    Epic!

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  • drg
    3:37 PM 02/03/2017

    Well played this man! He IS an inspiration whether he wants to be or not. Best of luck to him! :)

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  • jimmy23
    12:53 PM 02/03/2017

    "but rather bizarrely, he prefers to hit trees to get used to the contact!" Imagine going out on a leisurely stroll and coming across that! Seriously though, I think the word "legend" gets thrown about very easily these days but this guy genuinely is one.

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