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    Quote Originally Posted by thierry henry View Post
    Rugby league by far the most underrated sport on earth
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    Just on AFL I think the only reason you could say it's underrated is because most of the world doesn't know about it. The south of this country rates it pretty highly in-case you haven't noticed
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    Off topic but..

    Don't you guys think F1 is ridiculously overrated? I mean, a handful of people actually take part in the 'sport' and we have no idea whether they are even the best at what they do because of the lack of opportunity for anyone to try it out.

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    Think league doesn't get the attention it deserves because anything that's popular with both Yorkshiremen and Queenslanders is (rightly) view with suspicion.

    Nah, lot of factors mitigate against it, but two main ones are the lack of depth to international game & the fact it's still the poor relation to union. As union is (still) the posh code (in UK certainly) there's a lot of power and money behind it still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Off topic but..

    Don't you guys think F1 is ridiculously overrated? I mean, a handful of people actually take part in the 'sport' and we have no idea whether they are even the best at what they do because of the lack of opportunity for anyone to try it out.
    Absolutely. Only for automobile engineers/experts/geeks IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    I went to see the Falcons when Ivan Mauger was there. I'm against it, cinders FTL.
    Pfft. Man up.

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    WC forum showed there are people who don't like/understand it, therefore its underrated
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Nah, lot of factors mitigate against it, but two main ones are the lack of depth to international game & the fact it's still the poor relation to union. As union is (still) the posh code (in UK certainly) there's a lot of power and money behind it still.
    Mmm I see it slightly differently. While all those factors don't help, I think league is underrated even in places where it is supposedly the dominant code. (eg the Australian eastern seaboard) People watch a game of league, even a couple of games of league and all they see are big guys running at each other. I've had countless arguments with people who have only watched the odd game and see it as a skilless game for thugs, but good league teams owe far more to teamwork, speed, stamina and skill with the ball than people give it credit for. I never hear the same things said about Football, Aussie Rules, Tennis etc, hence I see it as underrated. Same would go for union I would imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post
    Mmm I see it slightly differently. While all those factors don't help, I think league is underrated even in places where it is supposedly the dominant code. (eg the Australian eastern seaboard) People watch a game of league, even a couple of games of league and all they see are big guys running at each other. I've had countless arguments with people who have only watched the odd game and see it as a skilless game for thugs, but good league teams owe far more to teamwork, speed, stamina and skill with the ball than people give it credit for. I never hear the same things said about Football, Aussie Rules, Tennis etc, hence I see it as underrated. Same would go for union I would imagine.
    I think, because possession is (pretty much) uncontested nowadays league can give the impression of a bit of a sameness sometimes, especially to the uninitiated.

    But agree it's dismissed as a game for meatheads on occasions too; amongst the posher corners of union it's still sometimes styled as "the ruffians' code".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    But agree it's dismissed as a game for meatheads on occasions too; amongst the posher corners of union it's still sometimes styled as "the ruffians' code".
    Bah, just because criminals excel at it

    Actually I'd put cricket in the underrated category tbh, specifically test cricket. I've had similar sorts of arguments with people calling cricket boring, like watching grass grow etc. Obviously not a view shared with many around these parts, but even in Australia it's a hard sport for alot of people to get into.

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    Contest a scrum rather than having a big group hug and then we'll talk.

    But as someone who is happy enough to watch a game of league if it's on TV, I don't think you can say it's underrated, given its popularity in NSW and QLD. You're always going to get people who don't like it, just like there would be (maybe) Victorians that don't like AFL and Indians who don't like cricket, but it's rated pretty highly by a lot of people around that eastern coast.
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    Only a bunch of convicts having been beaten 3-0 and gone 9 tests without a win and won just 1 in 11 against England could go into the home series saying they will win. England will win in Australia again this winter as they are a better side which they have shown this summer. 3-0 doesn't lie girls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post
    Bah, just because criminals excel at it

    Actually I'd put cricket in the underrated category tbh, specifically test cricket. I've had similar sorts of arguments with people calling cricket boring, like watching grass grow etc. Obviously not a view shared with many around these parts, but even in Australia it's a hard sport for alot of people to get into.
    I think cricket is a sport where the only followers are those that have either played the game, or have known the game since a young age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    Contest a try rather than having a big group hug and then we'll talk.

    But as someone who is happy enough to watch a game of league if it's on TV, I don't think you can say it's underrated, given its popularity in NSW and QLD. You're always going to get people who don't like it, just like there would be (maybe) Victorians that don't like AFL and Indians who don't like cricket, but it's rated pretty highly by a lot of people around that eastern coast.
    Think you meant to say scrum there candy...

    But yeah, the thing that pulls league down in my eyes is the contest for the ball, especially at scrum time, why not just take a tap if your only going to roll it under the props outside foot. But def not an underrated sport in aus, if anything i'd say union is more underrated locally.
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