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    How would the Rugby guys fare in the NFL

    Okay there was this discussion I was having with a US guy. He said that he saw a Kiwi rugby player run. Now the player was huge. And yet he could run well.

    Much better than NFL guys can.

    So how would rugby guys fare in the NFL. Also the opposite though that is not more pertinent.

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    The Yank was probably thinking of Jonah Lomu, who launched rugby into the marketing stratosphere at the 1995 World Cup, and almost single-handedly convinced Rupert Murdoch to enter into the bidding war to turn rugby professional. Lomu actually ended up in discussions with the Dallas Cowboys, but nothing ever came of it.

    I'd say, by and large, most rugby players would be too small for the NFL. There may be some exceptions - Rokocoko, for one, is almost 100kg, but is still very quick - but I'd think they'd be restricted to kicking and punting roles. Speaking of which, South African great Naas Botha ended up flirting with kicking in the NFL, I believe.

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    AFL players would be better for the more skillful parts of NFL, i.e. not blocking.

    The ball is pointed, similar to an AFL ball (although more pointed). AFL players are quick, strong and obviously good at catching a ball. They'd be suited to the position which catches the ball but also the defenders in AFL would also be able to play the defensive roles in NFL. They'd also be handy at being the kickers, as shown by the fact we all ready have two kickers in the NFL as we speak, Darryn Bennett and Ben Graham.
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    But wouldn't AFL be not used to big hits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn
    But wouldn't AFL be not used to big hits.
    ....Do you post anything remotely worth while?

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    Meh, i like to think that i make a difference.

    what i meant is that there is no hard tackling in AFl, wouldn't they struggle in the NFL where big hits are common?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn
    Meh, i like to think that i make a difference.

    what i meant is that there is no hard tackling in AFl, wouldn't they struggle in the NFL where big hits are common?
    While there isn't as much body contact as the rugby codes, there's still enough to think that the players certainly wouldn't shy away from it, let alone when you add in all the padding and stuff.

    The notion that AFL is soft is ridiculous. Anyone who plays AFL probably would have been happy to play a rugby (or Gridiron, or whatever) if they were brought up to love that sport, and vice versa. It's not as though people choose Aussie Rules because they think they're less likely to get hurt, it's just that - in most circumstances - they were brought up to love a sport.

    Except for Lewis Roberts-Thompson, he's a completely different matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    While there isn't as much body contact as the rugby codes, there's still enough to think that the players certainly wouldn't shy away from it, let alone when you add in all the padding and stuff.

    The notion that AFL is soft is ridiculous. Anyone who plays AFL probably would have been happy to play a rugby (or Gridiron, or whatever) if they were brought up to love that sport, and vice versa. It's not as though people choose Aussie Rules because they think they're less likely to get hurt, it's just that - in most circumstances - they were brought up to love a sport.

    Except for Lewis Roberts-Thompson, he's a completely different matter.
    Didn't say it wasnt, but Rugby and AFL also have different styles of tackling while i think Rugby players would be more suited to the NFL style.

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    As far as i'm aware, shirtfront's are illegal in union, they are not in AFL. I'm trying to chase down Byron Picketts shirtfront on Brendan Krummell for evidence, so far, no luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00
    As far as i'm aware, shirtfront's are illegal in union, they are not in AFL. I'm trying to chase down Byron Picketts shirtfront on Brendan Krummell for evidence, so far, no luck.
    Mind you, that shirtfront was deemed illegal, and he received two weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00
    As far as i'm aware, shirtfront's are illegal in union, they are not in AFL. I'm trying to chase down Byron Picketts shirtfront on Brendan Krummell for evidence, so far, no luck.
    What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    Mind you, that shirtfront was deemed illegal, and he received two weeks.
    Didn't he get off? According to Wikipedia he did anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn
    What?
    Front on bump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00
    Front on bump.
    huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn
    huh?
    How hard is that to understand? In union, you have to tackle if youre attacking front on, in AFL you're allowed to hip and shoulder them from front on, which can (and usually is) be far more damaging than a tackle.

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