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    Does Rugby Have A Chance To Succeed In America?

    t’s extremely hard for a sport to infiltrate any country where it’s not already a national pastime, but by crikey Australian actor Russell Crowe is going to give it his best shot when it comes to educating those bloody yank drongos about his sport of choice, rugby.

    Crowe is the owner of a team in the Australian NRL (National Rugby League), the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and if he gets his way, they’ll be playing in Las Vegas every year as part of a World Cup Challenge featuring the best teams from Australia and England.
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    its not about Rugby , its Aussie rules...Americans ....
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    LOL. Not a chance. We've had the NFL feminize football so bad, that players can't tackle too low, too high or (*)(*)(*)(*) near anywhere in between.

    And you think they would allow rugby?

    Talk to a school kid. Ask him/her what games they can play during recess. The following are not allowed nearly every where, including private schools:

    Tag
    Football
    Dodge Ball
    Kick Ball
    Baseball

    There are countless other derivatives.

    Our kids are turning into marshmallows.

    Rugby. Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe ! Rugby he says.
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    It's a great sport... but "no".

    With American football, baseball, and basketball and all the best athletes going there it cannot succeed.

    Soccer has the same issue.

    Can you imagine the following U.S. Soccer team with players that started from a young age in the sport:

    Forwards: Lebron James (F - Heat), Rob Gronkowski (TE - Patriots),
    Wingers: Kobe Bryant (SG - Lakers), Andre Johnson (WR - Texans)
    Center Field: Chris Paul (PG - Clippers), Adrian Peterson (RB - Vikings), Arian Foster (RB - Texans)
    Defense: Clay Mathews, (LB - Packers), Patrick Willis (LB - 49ers), Justin Tuck (DE - Giants)
    Goalie: Dwight Howard (C - Magic)

    You could do the same thing for Rugby. The domination would be nuts, but since the U.S.A. has all its best athelets going for higher paying and more U.S. popular sports it would be near impossible to make a breakthrough. Only individual sports like MMA is where you can see a huge growth and that is also because boxing has become so corrupt. I see baseball as having some serious weaknesses due to the slow pace of the game and the aging fan base, but it still is strong.
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    The source, even with its 'Idiot's Guide to Rugby', fails to notice that there are 2 completely different codes of rugby - 2 sports called 'rugby', 'Rugby Union' and 'Rugby League'. League, which is what Crowe is into, is much closer to American Football, so while it might be easier for Americans to understand I can't see it catching on. What would be the point? I might be wrong, but to me it seems like it isn't different enough to seem like a worthwhile thing to get into. Union is a very different game, though, so might be of more interest as a separate sport.

    I don't know about League, but union is already played in the US, of course. Whether it will ever catcvh on big-time I doubt, though.

    Here's some union highlights from last year's Rugby (Union) World Cup, anyway:
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d2XCQcbzrk"]Rugby World Cup 2011 Best Tries[/ame]
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    Quote Originally Posted by cenydd View Post
    The source, even with its 'Idiot's Guide to Rugby', fails to notice that there are 2 completely different codes of rugby - 2 sports called 'rugby', 'Rugby Union' and 'Rugby League'. League, which is what Crowe is into, is much closer to American Football, so while it might be easier for Americans to understand I can't see it catching on. What would be the point? I might be wrong, but to me it seems like it isn't different enough to seem like a worthwhile thing to get into. Union is a very different game, though, so might be of more interest as a separate sport.

    I don't know about League, but union is already played in the US, of course. Whether it will ever catcvh on big-time I doubt, though.

    Here's some union highlights from last year's Rugby (Union) World Cup, anyway:
    Rugby World Cup 2011 Best Tries
    Rugby is so much better then AF ...and guy form Argentina (in the light blue helmet) is a real human -tank!!
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    The biggest handicap would be forty minutes play per half, with only a ten minute break. American advertisers would never stand for it, even if attention spans could cope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel K View Post
    The biggest handicap would be forty minutes play per half, with only a ten minute break. American advertisers would never stand for it, even if attention spans could cope.
    You are quite right.

    They may however consider forty minutes of adverts on each side of 10 minutes play. Oh! Wait a minute! Don't they already do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel K View Post
    The biggest handicap would be forty minutes play per half, with only a ten minute break. American advertisers would never stand for it, even if attention spans could cope.
    I have to agree. Your foreign sports are boring as (*)(*)(*)(*). Rugby is for hooligan homos anyway; light in the pants girly boys, anyway. The Super Bowl was exciting. I can't see any excitement coming from a rugby game aside from watching a crowd of drunken dagos beating the crap out of each other. You can keep it in your own country, savages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paco View Post
    I have to agree. Your foreign sports are boring as (*)(*)(*)(*). Rugby is for hooligan homos anyway; light in the pants girly boys, anyway. The Super Bowl was exciting. I can't see any excitement coming from a rugby game aside from watching a crowd of drunken dagos beating the crap out of each other. You can keep it in your own country, savages.
    Yeah, a tough game played by tough men wouldn't work in America. You prefer obese lard-arses who can't run, need to take a break every 10 minutes to catch their breath, have to wear girly armour and crash helmets, and can't get a game over in less than three hours without an hour's break for a crap rock-band. And you stop games for ad breaks! WTF is with that crap?
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