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Football Vs Rugby? Is It Boys Vs Men??

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    (Original post by meskell)
    Have you not been watching rugby recently? They fling themselves to the ground as easily as any footballer now, especially when they have hit an up 'n' under and after grubbers.
    They're also easily 1.5*the weights of some footballers, and when they're running full pelt at each other it's easy to excuse them.
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    They are two different sports. I don't really think it's a boys vs men thing, there are plenty of hard people and plenty of soft people who do both.
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    (Original post by Don John)
    They're also easily 1.5*the weights of some footballers, and when they're running full pelt at each other it's easy to excuse them.
    I played rugby a lot so I know what its like, but the likes of Armitage are a disgrace, if a player so much as breathes in his direction after he has kicked he flings himself to the floor with all the grace of Gerrard.
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    (Original post by meskell)
    I played rugby a lot so I know what its like, but the likes of Armitage are a disgrace, if a player so much as breathes in his direction after he has kicked he flings himself to the floor with all the grace of Gerrard.
    Yeah, I agree with you there, he's a monumental clattering buttock. He celebrates before he even scores his tries, which really annoys me.
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    (Original post by Rinsed)
    I think the answer is clear.
    If we're making rash conclusions based on isolated photos, then let's compare



    to whoever it was in rugby who used fake blood (could find out name, but i think the fact that i don't know it to hand is sort of indicative of how little of a **** most people give about rugby)

    (Original post by aliphatic)
    Rugby is much, much better. I prefer their player's physique too... :sogood:
    yep
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    Whenever Wales loses a rugby international the rate of wife beating in the country doubles over the next week. Can't be arsed to find the statistics but look it up I'm sure you'll find it.

    So if beating up women makes it a mans game, rugby wins hands down.
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    (Original post by Don John)
    Yeah, I agree with you there, he's a monumental clattering buttock. He even celebrates before he even scores his tries, which really annoys me.
    That really does annoy, Shane Williams does a fair amount of this (like against Scotland in OT, before he had even crossed the line and got past the defenders ffs!!).
    Our coaches used to direct massive rage attacks at us if we so much as hitned at some kind of complacent show pony-ing. There is a place for that, and it is rugby "stand in a line and flop like a fish" league. If they want to do that then they can feck off and leave us alone :rant:

    I should probably post in the rugby threads a bit more as I really did enjoy playing it before I had to stop. Care to direct me to any decent ones?
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    (Original post by Helikaon)
    I guess you haven't had the opportunity to play much Rugby then. From the outside it may look as though its a game of "give the big bloke the ball and let him run" but the different skills a player has to learn are immense.

    e.g. effective running/evading, correct tackling technique (VERY IMPORTANT), rucks, mauls, kicking, passing both ways, passing accurately over distance etc. Mostly all whilst running at a fair speed too.

    However i will say that if you have no idea about the breakdown area/scrums then watching it on t.v. will be boring because it'll just look like a massive fight for the ball.

    And about the football = state school, rugby = private. Doesn't really work that way any more. I'm from a state school and i've managed to play rugby at a decent level.
    your right, for people who don't understand rugby it does just look like rolling around on the floor. however the work done on the floor is among the most important in the game.
    Rugby requires more skill, which is why each position is a highly specialist one unlike football where most players can swap and change.
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    I play footbaw.

    Srsly, what does that make me?
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    (Original post by _Banana_123)
    your right, for people who don't understand rugby it does just look like rolling around on the floor. however the work done on the floor is among the most important in the game.
    Rugby requires more skill, which is why each position is a highly specialist one unlike football where most players can swap and change.

    :facepalm2:
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    (Original post by ipulledhermione)
    I play footbaw.

    Srsly, what does that make me?
    A witch!! (or a troll :ninja: )
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    Lee 'Cheating' Byrne aside, there's nowehere near the same level of Professionalism in rugby as there is in football. It will always be frowned upon. Also, anyone saying that rugby requires no skil -> the door is up ^^ that way. Jog on.
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    (Original post by MC REN)
    If we're making rash conclusions based on isolated photos, then let's compare

    to whoever it was in rugby who used fake blood (could find out name, but i think the fact that i don't know it to hand is sort of indicative of how little of a **** most people give about rugby)
    Well no, it indicates little more than how little you care about rugby.

    Even if it did, the popularity of a sport isn't exactly relevant to its manliness.

    And lets not forget that my last post was obviously tongue-in-cheek.
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    This thing about footballers diving and falling over....

    Falling over with contact from an opponent if a foul, and gains your team an advantage when a foul is awarded. If you fell over in rugby, the game owuld just keep going, hence it is not advantageous to hit the ground in rugby. It's not a case of football players being pansies and falling over, winning a foul is part of the game.

    I'll watch rugby ever time 6 nations comes around (whihc is probably just as much as 95% of rugby "fans" out there). It's ok but the game just doesn't flow. If it's not mall, ruck, ruck, hold the game up.... wait for the ball..... wait for it..... wait forit, then it's kick, kick, kick, mistake, penalty. And don't get me started on the scum. What a bizarre forced formation that is. If they got rid of it rugby union would be much better. Inevitably they will have to be reset 3 times before proceeding.

    I also feel kicking 3 points for a pentalty is far too easy. Penalties are awarded so frequently, and in today's game they can be kicked from just about anywhere in the opposition's half, completely devaluing the try.

    Feel free to challenge these points Charlie, Henry and Rupert.
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    Rugby, particularly union, is a boring game played by middle class yobs who's idea of fun is to kick the ball into the car park as soon as they get it. At least half the team on a rugby field are obese, fat monsters who would have a heart attack before half time if they were forced to keep up in a football game. In my experience rugby and misogyny seem inextricably linked as well.
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    (Original post by meskell)
    A witch!! (or a troll :ninja: )
    Or?

    Surely witches can troll?
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    (Original post by Dado Prso)
    interesting sport vs crap sport.

    Rugby just doesn't seem to require alot of skill.
    :lolwut:
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    (Original post by ipulledhermione)
    Or?

    Surely witches can troll?
    I've never thought of that before, your theory intrigues me :holmes:

    (Btw, I only just noticed your name+location and it appaears my first reply of witch is the most likely to be true :p: )
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    Football is a game for gentlemen played by hooligans. Rugby is a game for hooligans played by gentlemen.
    Very old saying
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    So many stupid posts on this thread.

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