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Hockey being ice hockey.Are you kidding me? The RL/RU schism happened in England. There is nothing Australian about the origins of Rugby League. If anything BOTH codes were derived from Union.
Aussie Rules also combines big tackles, skillful passing, fleet footwork, speed, strength and endurance. Other sports that create a ferocious whirlwind of big hits and clever play akin to League include Aussie Rules, Rugby Union, American football & Canadian football.
Admittedly I like the scoring system of RL & points are indeed well earned. A friend of mine once said whilst soccer is too low scoring & AFL is too high, rugby has the best balance. He hates League mind you (nuts All Blacks fan).
Not sure about those analogies considering both hockey & basketball are both non-contact sports. Over the years several AFL players have successfully crossed over to American football & enjoyed sustained runs in the NFL (see Darren Bennett, Ben Graham & Saverio Rocca). On the flipside, League superstars such as Karmichael Hunt & Isreal Falou couldn't hardly get a kick during their respective AFL careers.
The afl players who have careers in the nfl are specialist kickers. Nfl is more like NRL inasmuch as the game is about field position and big hits and penetrating defenses.
Rugby league is a game for the working classes. It started because players wanted to become professional players. And since then it's been constantly making the game better to watch. Much like Australia has spawned from English culture but is now much greater.