Originally posted by VaBeachNiner:
Originally posted by 12b6demurrer:
It's American football. Rugby can get rough too but only when there are illegal hits. Everyone is getting some sort of contact on any given play in American football. Plus the sport, at least in the professional level, has the most dangerously honed athletes in the game and the sport gives them weapons (helmets).
Have you ever watched a rugby match?
Yes. Even with scrums, only a few select people are really getting into any sort of shoving match that would be relatively analogous to the every-down trench battle you see between the American o-line and d-line. Each pass is a likely tackle, but the tackles aren't exactly bonecrushing for the most part.
I think you have to be mentally tough to play rugby, but at professional levels, it's really no contest which sport has the better athletes. With the exception of Lamu, I can't really think of too many rugby players who could step onto the football field and be a gamechanger day 1.