Posted by zephead
And how many AFL players are 6'3" weigh 245 lbs. and can run the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds? There's a reason why they wear padding. without it, players would be busted up bad. I would love for a NFL team to play a AFL team in your game of football. I'd love to see a AFL player try to stop Santana Moss in the open field. Or take a hit from Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, the deceased Sean Taylor etc. etc.
100 meter dash in 10'8. (that was 1 second off world record pace at the time)
ibanez (the ironman of rugby)
i could go all freaking day.
and your mixing up afl with rugby. please please please do your research before you start getting into this argument.
there are basically 3 games being discussed here.
afl (aussie rules football). its similar to gaelic football, or SOCCER. these guys are amazing athletes who run 10-15 miles a game. but its a different sport. and it isn't based around hitting
rugby LEAGUE. emphasis on league, its a different code of rugby, its very VERY similar to american football. there are downs, no wraps on tackles, no rucking, and no contested scrums (which takes it from me). these guys who play this game are maniacs. point blank. its not the most fun game to play, as to me its just a giant pissing contest of who can run headlong into the other (and its not as exciting as i make it sound).
rugby UNION (ahhhhh). rucking, mauls, contested scrums, amazing runs. everything. all the players i mentioned above play THIS game. none of the others. (not saying there aren't good athletes, but lets face it, union is the worlds contact sport, american football is the u.s's and league is half of australia's and part of englands.) you instantly went and trashed the rugby players athleticism and said they couldn't do what american football players do. you are doing the same stuff the boxing promoters are doing.
Its a different game. rugby union has 2 40 minute halves, and general play carries on much longer without a break. you don't have a defense or offense, so you play both sides. so lets give the average american football 30 minutes of game play during a game (thats being generous). they have tremendous amounts of break to catch their breath whatnot. rugby you do not. you transition from offense to defense like basketball or hockey, you play 40 minutes. and typically players will run 3-5 miles a game depending on the position. and yes, there are people 260-280 lbs who run 3 miles a game, hit 10-20 rucks, touch the ball 5-10 times, make 5-10 tackles, and scrum down countless times (and dont forget the lineouts).
they also have people who can run like the wind (type in caucau to google. or habana, or sivivatu, or joe rockococo, or ngwenya, or pretty much any other world class wing.)
and the big hits in football. with all that padding you don't need form, thats why form tackling is a lost art in football. you can run into people, and a lot of times its effective, the added protection allows that, in rugby you simply can't because you'll blowout your neck, shoulder, or back (speaking from experience). your mixing up cause an effect.
Apples and oranges.
different type of athlete different type of sport.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGROu3LiXVM