New to the forum and fairly new rugger

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    A little background info…I am 41 years old and have only played a few Rugby games but I love the sport. I wrestled in high school and competed at a decent level in powerlifting from my mid 20s until a few years ago. I actually trained with a Jim Wendler while he was developing the 5/3/1 program and still use it now. As far as Rugby goes. I have played flanker, wing and lock(for about 15 minutes). Why the coach put me in at wing I have no clue because I am very slow. In the gym I am probably one of the strongest guys in the club. I am about 5’8″ tall and around 200 lbs. As I stated before, I am very slow…one of the slowest on the team over any appreciable distance, my endurance is horrible. I train in the gym 2-3 days a week using a 5/3/1 program. I want to keep my size and strength as much as possible.

    Anyway, on to my specific questions..given the above info and that I work a full time job, what can or should I do to increase my speed, endurance and overall athleticism starting now to be ready for the spring season? I have a very well equipped home gym along with farmers walk implements, chains and bands,safety squat bar,a sled, access to a good hill for running(the same one Wendler runs). I ran the hill yesterday and was completely gassed after 6 trips.

    I am hoping to play flanker but I need to be ready so any help will be greatly appreciated.

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