lawl at americans thinking AF > Rugby. only reason americans dont like it is because you're shite at it
In England, rugby is no. 2 to football. I go to a rugby based school and have played for 2 years or so. I would play club but i dont because of football. I play 3 years older than my age group and play at fullback (occasionally wing or centre also), one of the most pressurised positions because whenever the 10 chips through or kicks a 'bomb' (high, but not far), I have to catch it. I tell you, in my time I have been screwed by some massive players, front row forwards and second rows just eat you up if you're not on your guard. Apparently for my lack of experience i'm technically excellent and I have the pace, step and kicking ability to play atleast county-level at number 15.
Rugby is much more of a mans game than both the English football and American football. I follow the NFL, and whilst I enjoy it, it is damn slow. My dad saw the 49ers a few years back and fell asleep, its too broken up and only the hail-mary type plays are exciting. Rugby is ALL action for 80 minutes, the players shake hands and do a tunnel and in the professional game, go for a beer afterwards. Rugby lads are far better than footballers, becuase they aren't far up their own ass about how they can do this and that skill. Rugby players don't brag if they are a prop, fly-half, winger, flanker etc, they are a team and it's not about individuals. That's why football is more coveraged in the media, because football is all 'RONALDO ROONEY DROGBA LAMPARD GERRARD' every day, whereas rugby is only coming into that with Cipriani.
Rugby is also better than American football for a few reasons; there is no stops, especially for a forward, who must be hitting rucks the whole game; it is pad free, so the contact isn't softened by 20lbs more weight of plastic and foam; the pressure from a scrum on a front rowers neck is so intense, that if it goes wrong, the hooker could snap his neck in two. Injuries arent half as bad in AF because the players get rest and not as beaten up. I've come off of rugby pitches feeling basically dead, but happy as larry. Rugby is probably the best game in the world for teamwork, comradery and physicality.
ROIUSA wrote: and its defantely more of a tactical game no question. rugby wen played right is fantastic but it can also be slow and without any pace and u kinda can predict wats gunna happen so it really is just a preference.
rugby is equally tactical, there are moves/plays and they are more confusing because not only is it running lines but its intracate ways of passing the ball. rugby can be slow, but thats called a forwards game, a true show of physicality. and theres no way you can predict whats gonna happen, how the hell would you know about different teams moves?