Rugby Matcher : Rugby CV

 

What’s a Rugby CV?

This is one of the most common questions I’m asked, so I thought I’d answer it for those of you that have the question on your mind.

A Rugby CV is pretty much the same as a work CV but for your Rugby experience. You list the clubs that you’ve played for, any representative honours and some career achievements. It’s a snapshot of your career as a player and a quick reference for clubs to see what you’ve been up to.

You’ll rarely ever get a club that make a decision on a player solely based on their Rugby CV, so don’t feel like it’s the be all and end all. That being said, you should definitely put a bit of effort into your Rugby CV as it could be the first picture a club gets of you as a player and a person.

How to write a Rugby CV?

Firstly, your contact details - if you want a club to reach out to you then these are pretty important. Your passport(s) are also important as some unions and countries have strict rules on bringing in overseas players. You can even add eligibility in there if you’ve got a parent or grandparent from a different nation. Then your height and weight, some players add in their gym stats on their Rugby CV but I’ve found it isn’t relevant, if a club wants them they’ll ask for them.

A nice wee mugshot is also good to put on your Rugby CV, it puts a face to the name. A team headshot works well as does an on-field action shot.

A short personal description of you and your involvement in Rugby always helps - these things are painful to write but it’s good to put a personal feel to your Rugby CV. Just a bit about where you’re from, what you’re up to and some aspirations. If you’ve got a specific location in mind then I’d add it in here. Any coaching or S&C qualifications are handy to note as clubs always enjoy bringing in players that are keen to do some coaching with youth sections.

Touch on your representative honours and achievements - it’s ok to blow your own trumpet, just don’t go over the top. The experience section speaks for itself, list the clubs that you’ve played for and the club’s league and location. Bullet pointing a couple of highlights is a great way to show a prospective club your personal achievements e.g. captaining the side or end of year awards.

Chuck a couple of Rugby references on there too, these are 100% recommended. It gives a potentially keen club the chance to back up the info on your Rugby CV: current or ex-coaches, managers, trainers - along those lines. Your Mum might be your biggest fan, bless her, but she’s probably not a suitable Rugby reference. Sorry Mum!

LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST - PLEASE DO NOT LIE ON YOUR RUGBY CV

I can’t stress this point enough! Don’t lie! Even one wee tiny lie can get a player into serious trouble or make them look like a tosser. I’ve heard of heaps of cases of players turning up to a new club and being found out as liars, it never ends well. In this day and age it’s very easy for clubs to do some digging of their own, so make sure the info on your CV in bang on the money. Lying will not do you any favours, be honest and be humble.

Here’s an example of a Rugby CV from Big Joe:


Photo credit: Getty Images and Matt Dunning the Wonderprop

 

 

Now look, obviously Big Joe has had a bit of fun writing his CV but he ticks off pretty much everything a club is looking for. He can also send a link to his footage video (which is fantastic btw) so that clubs can see firsthand how quick he really isn’t.

Here’s the template for Big Joe’s Rugby CV (link downloads word document) if anyone is interested in using it as their own.

If there’s anything else you’d like me to cover or you think I’ve missed something, please get in touch : jake@rugbymatcher.com


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