posted on Oct, 9 2007 @ 12:56 AM
At various points in my life I've played all THREE games being discussed here!
Rugby Leauge is not as good as Rugby Union (Union is the World Cup going on now!) But this is just my very personal opinion from having played them
both and watched a hullva lot of both.
Now to compare AF and RU is almost bordering on silly. While they are both played on a big rectangle of grass by mostly big men, that is pretty much
where the similarities run out.
In RU you tackle another player in AF you hit them.
In RU you play at full throttle for 40 mins in AF there are enough commercial breaks in one half to show "Saving Private Ryan".
In RU the squad is 20/25 Men in AF there are 234 players 650 support people (PC) 75 cheerleaders. A coach for each play of the game, 14 bus drivers
and a pet goat.
You can see this is getting silly now!!
I love both of these games, but they are hugly different. Rugby is a more skillful game per player because you do not always have a fixed position
(very Bruce Lee) AF is a harder hitting game where at player level less intelligence is needed, you just have to follow the plan for the play (yes I
know some teams playbooks are huge!!)
In conclusion (I could have drivvelled on for ages)
Rugby is a game for Animals played by Gentlemen and American Football is a game for Gentlemen played by Animals.