Hi everyone! As you see we’ve got Kat Latham visiting with us today! She writes rugby romances, and if you haven’t read them, you’re missing out! But you don’t want to hear what I’ve got to say, right? 😉 So without further ado … Ms. Latham!
The hottest sport in America
Hi, everyone! Thank you so much to Lime for asking me to join you guys today.
For those of you who haven’t read my books, I write about rugby, which I think is the hottest sport in the world, but it’s not a sport I ever learned about when I was growing up in San Diego.
After college, I moved to the Czech Republic and met a British guy who loves rugby, and I fell in love with him so I ended up spending lots of time in smoke-choked sports bars watching rugby. And guess what–it turns out I loved the sport too. With its fast pace, extreme athleticism and hard hits–not to mention its players’ incredible bums and thighs–it’s the perfect sport for someone like me, who isn’t usually a sports fan.
Because I never heard anything about rugby when I was growing up, it took me by surprise to learn that it’s now one of the fastest growing sports in America. A big reason for its growing popularity is a form of the sport called rugby sevens (or rugby 7s, depending on the website you look at), which is going to be an Olympic sport for the first time in Rio 2016. Rugby hasn’t been an Olympic sport since 1924, when the U.S.A. won gold. That’s right, the U.S. is the reigning Olympic champion at rugby. Feel free to bring that up the next time someone tells you how amazing the New Zealand All Blacks are. (Okay, they are amazing. Like, seriously amazing.)
As the name suggests, in rugby sevens there are only seven players from each team on the field instead of 15, but the field is the same size as a regular rugby pitch. And each half only lasts seven minutes, instead of 40. That makes it perfect for weekend tournaments. Fans can see a ton of fast-paced matches in a day or two.
The Rugby Sevens World Series features tournaments around the world, including the USA Sevens in Las Vegas. Up till a few years ago, my hometown of San Diego hosted the USA’s tournament. The tournaments are well known for their festival atmosphere and fans’ wacky costumes. I would love to go to one!
If you want to learn more, this is a great, short introductory video.
Rugby sevens also features in my upcoming book, Taming the Legend. The hero is a professional rugby player in London who comes to the U.S. to coach an amateur rugby sevens team–and, in the process, falls back in love with the one lover he’s never gotten over. I hope readers love the book–and maybe discover that they love rugby, too!
Have you ever watched a rugby match or seen a rugby sevens tournament? If so, what did you think?
When retiring rugby star Ash Trenton considered his next career move, coaching troubled teens at his ex-girlfriend’s California camp wasn’t on the list. But when Camila Morales reappears after eighteen years, begging for his help, he can’t say no to his first and only love.
Camila was just sixteen when Ash moved on to start his rugby career, leaving her heartbroken…and on her own to make a life-changing decision. Now she needs his help to win a tournament prize and save her camp. Relying on Ash is the last thing she wants. But while it’s hard to get over being dumped for a sport, it’s even harder to ignore the rush of attraction that has only gotten stronger after so many years apart.
Coaching teens is the hardest job Ash has ever had, and the task becomes personal when he begins to fall for Camila all over again. But when he is offered his dream job, will he choose the job—or the woman whose heart he already sacrificed once?