Is Rugby thougher or easier than American football? - Page 13

View Poll Results :thougher, Rugby American football?
Rugby 51 80.95%
American football 12 19.05%
Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

August 8th, 2005  
Originally Posted by skipper
A rugby team playing NFL would still win because by the third quarter, the NFL team would be in hospital.
I am not so sure about this, when you have padding and helmets its much easier to throw your self at the opposition.

i CAN NOT respect a game that stops every 8 seconds, in which the players are allowed to take steroids and wear protective padding., imagine rugby players on steroids...shiiish
Not hard to imagine they are called Spring Bok's.
August 19th, 2005  
rugby. no pads. more brutal. and the only way you're getting out of a rugby game is if you have bones protruding or you're dead already.

a concussion, a sprained ankle, a bone spur... none of that will get you substituted
August 19th, 2005  
There is saying over here that Rugby is a game for hooligans and is played by gentlemen. Soccer is a game for gentlemen but is played by hooligans.
August 20th, 2005  
ill be damed if i know
hell ive played alot of rugby and before i started playing i was timid weakling now after years of getting battered iam now reasonably strong and mentally tougher however ive never played american football so i cant really say whats harder.
August 23rd, 2005  
LeEnfield, that is great, and I totally agree.

Although I knew a girl who played college rugby (and I wouldnt dare make her mad, let me tell ya!), but she also played soccer. so i guess that makes her both a gentleman (for the sake of the quote) and a hooligan?

actually, now that i think about it, thats about right.

unfortunately, american rugby isn't played by gentleman. its played by hooligans who don't want to or cant make the football team. it's not at all a popular sport here. oh well.
August 23rd, 2005  
Originally Posted by mzspaztastic
unfortunately, american rugby isn't played by gentleman. its played by hooligans who don't want to or cant make the football team. it's not at all a popular sport here. oh well.
I take personal offense to this - I play rugby and I am not much of a hooligan at all.

It really depends on the area, rugby is rather large in many states and is played on a serious enough level not to take American football dropouts.
August 23rd, 2005  
okay. i take it back.

i have yet to meet, in person, a rugby player in america who is not a hooligan. perhaps they are just not in florida. or mass.

but i am sure you're not a hooligan!
September 8th, 2005  
Hello fellas and ladies. Hope you don't mind me getting in on your forum thingy here as I am not in the military, but I figure you guys will take your sport seriously without the stupid antics one finds on the usual sites. Anyway, I noticed some photos earlier about how tough rugby union is and the photos were actually of rugby league players. From memory, John Hopawati and Chief Harrigan squaring off and Manly legend Terry Randle giving someone a good upper-cut. To answer the original question, I voted Union as tougher than American Football for the same reasons as most others, ie no pads and less stoppages.
I disappoints me that people confuse the two rugbies as I believe League to be the better game for several reasons. The ball is in play far longer in League and so less rest. Blokes are expected to make loads more tackles. How many Union players make 40-50 tackles a game like heaps of Leagies do?? How many Union players make as many hit ups (20 and more in the forwards) as a league forward does?? I like Union, but is is just too slow and cumbersome when compared to league.
Any gents out there who have yet to form a bias about this, go and watch what are supposed to be the best international games of Union (Australia and New Zealand) and compare it to State of Origin Rugby League and the difference will be obvious.
If you cant get hold of one of those, just watch the next Union International playoff and compare it to the Australian (National) Rugby League Grand Final which is to be played on Sunday night 7.30 2nd Oct Australian Eastern St. Time. It is semi final time here starting Friday 9th and I believe sky or someone will be showing the games. Check out Shane Webke for the Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta's Hindmarsh for a mix of physical and mental toughness and stamina. There are also many very fast guys with great side-stepping ability.
Each to their own and enjoy your sport, whatever it is. Chow
September 24th, 2005  
I don't think it was an actual reference to either league or union. I think you'll find it was just Rugby in general. I gotta agree with you that league is a much more fluid game. But I still love to watch a good game of union.
September 30th, 2005  
Nearly time to close this one. And rugby kicked ass.