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Shawn talks about his favorite sport.
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Todd: Hey, Shawn you're a big guy.

Shawn: Thank you.

Todd: Do you play rugby?

Shawn: I did in the past.

Todd: OK, how does rugby work?

Shawn: It's a bit like American football and soccer put together. It's, the ball's about the size of an American football, but the game, in American football you pass forward, but in rugby you pass backwards. Games are a bit shorter. Their 80 minutes long. Less stopages than American football, but like soccer it's continuous play, how-should-I-say, it's a physically demanding sport, probably the one of the most physically demanding sports in the world.

Todd: OK, so you say it's physically demanding. How is it physically demanding?

Shawn: You have to be extremely strong, but at the same time, you have to have, wha-chu-call, an extreme line on stamina to play this sport. Without stamina, you can not continue in this sport.

Todd: OK, just some people may not know, what is stamina?

Shawn: You have to be able to run for 80 minutes in the game. Besides the game rugby has a bit of it's own culture. A bit of a cult in the world. It's a very small following but people do follow it, follow it very devoutly, very seriously, and it, how-should-I-say, I can honsestly say rugby has been a big part in changing me into the person that I am presently.

Todd: Uh-huh. How so?

Shawn: Sort of, how I can develop my leadership skills, my social skills, and how to work as a team player, in such a, how-should-I-say, in that time when you do play rugby, it's so aggressive, and it teaches you how to be a leader in tight situations, and it shows how you can truly push yourself to the limit, and not go, how-should-I-say, not go over the limit.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

physically demanding

Rugby is a very physically demanding sport.

A 'physically demanding' sport is one that requires a lot of strength and endurance. Notice the following:

  1. I had no idea that skiing was so physically demanding.
  2. Soccer is an extremely physically demanding sport.


Without stamina, you cannot continue in this sport.

'Stamina' is endurance or the ability to do something that is physically difficult or tiring for a long time. Notice the following:

  1. Marathons take a lot of stamina, but more dedication.
  2. Lance Armstrong had incredible stamina for cycling.

following or follow devoutly

Rugby has a small following, but people follow it devoutly.

In this case, 'following' is a group of people or fans that are interested in something and want to know all the current updates.  To 'follow something devoutly' means to pay very close attention to any changes or news. To anything 'devoutly' means to do it seriously and with great dedication. Notice the following:

  1. Justing Bieber has a big following of teenage girls.
  2. He follows soccer devoutly even though he doesn't play anymore.

tight situation

Playing rugby teaches you how to be a leader in tight situations.

In this case 'tight situation' refers to a situation that is very fast-paced or stressful. Notice the following:

  1. She is very good at getting herself out of tight situations.
  2. We are in a tight situation right now at our company.

push to the limit

It shows how you can truly push yourself to the limit.

When you 'push yourself to the limit' you perform an action to the limits of your ability or to the point where you can't do any more. Notice the following:

  1. My body feels like it is pushed to the limit right now.
  2. Some people think you have to push yourself to the limit to improve.


Vocabulary Quiz

demanding • stamina • following
devoutly • tight • to the limit
  1. He watches basketball games .
  2. She left the company in a very situation.
  3. If you play a physically sport for a long time you will probably have problems with your body.
  4. I am pushed with all of my assignments at work.
  5. He has quite a large considering his extreme ideas.
  6. The more I run, the more my increases.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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