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Old 08-20-2015, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Rugby football, as played in other parts of the world, is a tough game.

No helmets, no shoulder pads, as a matter of fact, no padding at all. Shorts and t shirts, and cleated boots. A 80 minute game, played in two 40 minute halves. It is continuous action, as when a player is tackled, there is no stoppage in play, the game goes right on. ONE ref whose word is law, and who wears a transmitter mike, so that what he says, and what the players say to him, is broadcast over the stadium loud speakers, for all to hear.

Scoring is done in two ways, carry the ball across the goal line, for a touchdown, where the player actually has to physically dive to the ground, or kick the ball between the very tall goal posts. Kicking the ball forwards, while on the run is standard. No forward passing, lateral passing is the method to advance the ball, with as many as eight players spread out across the field, running and passing to each other.

Tackling is only allowed below the waist. Injuries are treated on the field, with no stoppage of play. The medics patch up cuts and scrapes, and the player continues to play.

The two top nations in Rugby football are New Zealand , and Australia. Here is a link to the 2104 final cup game. It is the entire game as it was played.

Watch a few minutes and see what you think of it. Comments are welcome.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJmLcUAVbpo

Jim B.
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:21 AM
 
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Here we go again, zzzzz
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Of course it's a tough game but so is football. Do you really think football players could not survive even one game? That's nonsense.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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I've seen a decent amount of rugby and there is not continuous action. There isn't a team sport that has continuous action. Yes the NFL has a lot more breaks and stoppage than rugby, but there is not constant action during a rugby game. Same goes for soccer. People always claim that there aren't any breaks and players are constantly running. Watch a soccer game and you'll see plenty of breaks in the action.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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When a person has a certain sport in mind, their build, physique, natural athletic ability plays into it. Saying could an NFL player play rugby, certainly, some of the TEs, that run, catch, block come to mind. I don't get point of the post, I guess.

Rugby, soccer are popular in other countries, NFL football is popular here, I don't get these discussions sometimes and why does it matter?
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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ONE ref whose word is law, and who wears a transmitter mike, so that what he says, and what the players say to him, is broadcast over the stadium loud speakers, for all to hear.
I'd love for the NFL to do this with mics & broadcast all over the stadium loud speakers

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Tackling is only allowed below the waist.
What do you mean? It looked to me like most tackles are above the waist with 2-3 guys being involved. 1 guy tackling below the waist & 2 guys tackling above the waist.
For example, see the video at 27:01, 27:11, 27:30

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Watch a few minutes and see what you think of it. Comments are welcome.
I liked it. I wish it would be on TV more (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) & replace the popularity of soccer here.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Northwest Peninsula
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Marshawn Lynch of present day football for one. Players of the past I would say Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds and Dick Butkus to name two of many.
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Old 08-20-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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My point about NFL players, was the amount of armour plating that they wear, compared to Rugby players. Helmet spearing in NFL games would disappear, if they were not wearing any helmets.

The second point is that in NFL games, there are two complete sets of players, on each team, who only play offence or defence. When the other team has the ball, the offensive players are sitting on the bench, while their defensive players are on the field. And in NFL games, after each tackle the ball is grounded and a period of time passes, until the next down is played.

In rugby all players play in both directions, all the time. And the play continues after a tackle takes place.

It seems obvious that many Americans are unwilling to even spend a few minutes to watch some part of a Rugby game, and are so dismissive of it. Only one response so far has expressed any interest in watching more Rugby.

Jim B.
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Old 08-20-2015, 02:39 PM
 
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We are dismissive of it because people like you come in all the time with grandiose claims that NFL players are wimps and rugby players are true heroes, and because people like you pretend you're the first person ever to tell us this.
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:20 PM
 
Location: AriZona
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I admit I've never seen a rugby game, but American football fans are used to hearing the word SCRUM (a rugby word) when the announcers are referring to a group of guys usually trying to get possession of a fumble! Unfortunately, I believe that's the extent of my rugby knowledge.
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