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Originally posted by Goatie:
Rugby Union and Rugby Leave have players playing both offense and defense. Everyone is expected to tackle and everyone is expected to run. So even a top end running back would have problems in a rugby code because they just would not have the basics for the style of tackling required to be A grade.

In Aussie rules an NFL guy would have major problems with the short little shorts. No doubt they would spend 3/4s of the game pulling them out of their crack as they could not comprehend playing with a wedgie

Originally posted by Goatie:
Rugby Union and Rugby Leave have players playing both offense and defense. Everyone is expected to tackle and everyone is expected to run. So even a top end running back would have problems in a rugby code because they just would not have the basics for the style of tackling required to be A grade.

In Aussie rules an NFL guy would have major problems with the short little shorts. No doubt they would spend 3/4s of the game pulling them out of their crack as they could not comprehend playing with a wedgie

Any of our US hosts who have never witnessed the work of the first real GOAT of rugby union should see this vid.

Originally posted by Seattle49er:
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
They have the skills and toughness no doubt. But they just don't have the brains to decipher, study and understand an NFL playbook. No offense to the Kiwis and Ozzies in here.

Tough is playing rugby with all the Samoans in Kapiolani park.

I think its just a different style of game. Straight up brute force vs brute force and strategy.

True... Kapiolani park is still going with all the Polys going at it in rugby. Lol.
I was watching a college game about a week ago and one of the teams had a Samoan offensive tackle from Australia that is 6'8" and 400 lbs. He doesn't look fat and seems to move pretty well. They said he's only been playing football for a couple of years.
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Originally posted by CatchMaster80:
I was watching a college game about a week ago and one of the teams had a Samoan offensive tackle from Australia that is 6'8" and 400 lbs. He doesn't look fat and seems to move pretty well. They said he's only been playing football for a couple of years.


That guy is a midget in Samoa. They bread them real big over there. They find one with football sense they are unstoppable.
[ Edited by Goatie on Dec 7, 2019 at 5:05 PM ]
Originally posted by CatchMaster80:
I was watching a college game about a week ago and one of the teams had a Samoan offensive tackle from Australia that is 6'8" and 400 lbs. He doesn't look fat and seems to move pretty well. They said he's only been playing football for a couple of years.
That is Daniel Faalele with the gophers.


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Originally posted by Zealot:
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
They have the skills and toughness no doubt. But they just don't have the brains to decipher, study and understand an NFL playbook. No offense to the Kiwis and Ozzies in here.

Nah, it's just that pure talent and/or athleticism can't make up for a decade or more of actual playing experience, just knowing what to do and when to do it without thinking. It's not that the size or complexity of the playbook is above their intelligence, it's that the nuances are too much to grasp in such a short period. These new comers have to constantly think about what they need to do rather than just doing it naturally. That's something that can only come with plenty of reps over plenty of time.

It would be similar in reverse. American football players would have the strength, speed and physicality (perhaps not the stamina) to play league or union, but you couldn't just bring them over and have them playing the top grade in six months. They'd be totally lost out on the field with the game happening around them while they looked on if you just chucked them out there. We don't have huge playbooks but there is still plenty of strategy and the need to know what and when and where to be constantly during the game. Again, something that only comes through time and experience.

Each nations athletes have amazing skills and talents, but the sports are different enough to make the transition quite difficult when we're talking about playing and competing at the highest level.

Bang on Zealot.
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Originally posted by Who-is-Hayne:
Originally posted by CatchMaster80:
I was watching a college game about a week ago and one of the teams had a Samoan offensive tackle from Australia that is 6'8" and 400 lbs. He doesn't look fat and seems to move pretty well. They said he's only been playing football for a couple of years.
That is Daniel Faalele with the gophers.




What's his nickname? Tiny Dan?
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Originally posted by Who-is-Hayne:
Originally posted by CatchMaster80:
I was watching a college game about a week ago and one of the teams had a Samoan offensive tackle from Australia that is 6'8" and 400 lbs. He doesn't look fat and seems to move pretty well. They said he's only been playing football for a couple of years.
That is Daniel Faalele with the gophers.




They only thing they got wrong in those videos is that they said Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia. That is complete nonsense. People in Australia like to let people in Melbourne think that because as Frank Sinatra once said Melbourne is the ass hole of the world.
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
Originally posted by Seattle49er:
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
They have the skills and toughness no doubt. But they just don't have the brains to decipher, study and understand an NFL playbook. No offense to the Kiwis and Ozzies in here.

Tough is playing rugby with all the Samoans in Kapiolani park.

I think its just a different style of game. Straight up brute force vs brute force and strategy.

True... Kapiolani park is still going with all the Polys going at it in rugby. Lol.

Brah I still get bruises....lol

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