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Whats more of a physical sport. Rugby, or American football.

Asked by axlefoley (347points) March 21st, 2008 from iPhone

Rugby, Football,

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Brunty's avatar

Yeah I’d say rugby, being English I’d get beaten if I said American Football :P
Though I do still enjoy American Football.

brownlemur's avatar

I don’t have any friends who have lost teeth playing football, but I do have friends who have lost teeth playing rugby….

jz1220's avatar

I think football is more physical, but the players also have more protection in their uniforms, so they sustain less injuries.

credo99's avatar

To be honest, I dunno.

@jz- They both seem pretty physical, but I have heard that am. football has more serious injuries, something to do with a false sense of security with all that equipment.

@brown- yeah, you don’t hear about am. footballers losing teeth probably because of mouthguards and helmets. But those same helmets sometimes cause paralysis to other players (spearing). There are a few am. footballers who’ve had such devastating injuries, not sure about rugby players.

axlefoley's avatar

I know with American footbal you have helmets for protection. However at the same time, if someone hit’s you at full running speed with a helmet on. It’s got to hurt.

credo99's avatar

holy crap squirbel! that vid makes rugby look like hockey on grass with all the elbows thrown and punches. Then again, I wouldn’t want to end up on the other end of a facemask call in am. football, either. short answer: wouldn’t want to tangle with either of these groups.

squirbel's avatar

:P The video shows football, as in soccer. But it should demonstrate the same point :P

credo99's avatar

what’s this “soccer” you speak of?

El_Cadejo's avatar

Rugby its more physical plus the fact that you dont wear pads in Rugby like you do in football.

Also axle FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE USE A QUESTION MARK ON YOUR QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!! Its one thing to have no punctuation but FUCK why are you going to put a period ?

bulbatron9's avatar

Uber I have tried to tell him, but he just won’t listen. Rugby

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El_Cadejo's avatar

You used the wrong there. ^_^ Really I can care less about such errors like that but come on, even my 8 year old brother knows to end a question with a question mark. Please try and do the same.

axlefoley's avatar

Sorry Sorry. A moment of madness, and bad grammar.

TennesseeTeacake's avatar

definitely rugby. you dont wear nearly as much padding and it seems like you get hit twice as hard and hurt twice as much. a girl on my team broke her collarbone and her arms (yes both of them). i broke my wrist. another teammate broke four toes.
its pretty brutal.

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mirichards's avatar

American football involves more passion

Jimmyrobert's avatar

What doe you class as physical? The strongest American footballer will more than likely be stronger than the strongest Rugby player. This is due to the fact that Rugby players actually have to run for 80 minutes of a match and be strong. So on strength, I guess American footballers is sort of more physical.
Overall fitness is no doubt Rugby. Flankers/Wing Forwards cover every blade of grass, whilst tacking, rucking, mauling, scrummaging and everything else.
When it comes to power, I think Rugby wins. The amount of force exerted by a scrum is incredible. If you think top forwards way at least 100kg and that the combined force of 16 of them (split into two groups of 8) smash into each other, nothing in American football really compares.
Tackling wise I am not sure. Rugby has more rules and a quality rugby tackle can be devastating. But American football seems not to have any rules on the tackle, so I imagine some of them could be pretty awful.

So to summarise…feck knas

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