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Rugby The True Sport Of Men

The True Sport of Men

The thick, broad-shouldered athlete breathes heavily and grunts with each step as he and his teammates push against the opposition. His arms are locked over his teammate’s shoulders, all of their heads down. The two teams are pushing against each other. He looks down to see the ball, sitting just in front of his Feet. If he could just hook it with his foot and heave it to his teammates behind him. This is what every player in a scrum is thinking while they fight each other for possession.
Rugby is the true sport of men, because you wear no pads, and it is even more violent than Football. However, football requires that you wear pads, so being the true sport of want-to-be men.
In football, the primary rules that you must advance the ball forward by throwing it or running with it. Once a player with the ball is Downed by tackling, the entire team lines up again, and the ball is snapped to the
Quarterback. The short Pause between each down may not seem significant, but it definitely makes the game less continuous than rugby.
In rugby, the primary rule is that you can only advance the ball by running with, kicking, or passing it. With passing, though, you can only pass the ball backwards or directly to your side, never forward. Like football, you score by running the ball into the End zone or by kicking it through the uprights. Also, you must put the ball down on the ground in the End zone for it to count, and it is worth five points. When kicking, the ball can be kicked from anywhere. If it passes through the uprights, it is worth three points, as in football.
The equipment for the two sports is different, football requires much more. In football, players must wear a large set of pads called “gridiron”, covering most of their body, and a masked Helmet. The ball is made of an inflated rubber bladder, surrounded by stitched leather and it appears ellipsoidal in shape. Most players wear cleated shoes or spiked shoes; but flat-soles are…

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