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Imagine PL footballers playing rugby! It would be never ending, because every 10 nano seconds one of the powder puffs would go down injured: either a bruise or her mascara would have run. Rugby is a man's sport, football used to be: now it's a sport for petulant, over paid prima donnas! Comparing the 2 sports is as futile as putting comments on a HYS!
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Premleag and commentators promote hits when they should actually question interprtn of rules ; coaches tell players to bulk up to become battering ram or torpedoes. 1980s in front of ball was obstruction or offside .. 2010s allowed to stand in front of ball obstruct/block and invite clearout routines ~ which in modern game needs weapons because of supplements and bulk. Fluid is best for safety
@101 Not sure about the footballers winning by a country mile. A lot of the rugby players (backs probably like Danny Care) were on the books of pro clubs before choosing rugby. OK they may not have made as pros it but probably have more football skills than footballers have rugby skills. Shame it would never happen!
@98 The big difference is, if the top footballers played a game of football against rugby players, the football players would win by a country mile. If the top footballers played a game of rugby against rugby players, the game would be abandoned at half time after there were no injury free footballers left.
@98 By the same token all footballers would be annihilated by RU players at pushing or holding up 20 stone weights! Ridiculous comparisons as football and rugby require different skill sets and types of fitness (I think you'd be surprised how supple some of the props are). Comparing a Bale at 74 kg and a Vunipola at 130 kg is a bit daft. I admire the athleticism of both.
98. Posted by Kerry The heavier you are the less endurance you have. All RU players would get annihilated by footballers over long distances. RU forwards tongues are hanging out as they trudge off knackered after 55 mins.___I bet you can w*nk over pictures of kissballers for hours though. Its the closest you're ever going to get.
#97 plucking out one player (and not a particularly quick one in Cole) validates your argument? Short sprints you could cherry pick from either sport (RU restricted to choosing a back obviously).The heavier you are the less endurance you have. All RU players would get annihilated by footballers over long distances. RU forwards tongues are hanging out as they trudge off knackered after 55 mins.
These HYS are just a sad troll-fest these days.For football aficionados...to suggest that footballers possess anywhere near the fitness and conditioning of elite rugby players is just ignorance. There is no comparison in the physical effort required.I recall a staged race between Austin Healey and Andy Cole (leading League scorer that year), over 100m Cole was several yards adrift.
Time to get even fatter and more unfit!Even more proof today of media bias for southern rugby.Todays Times double page for Exeter 11k crowd and full page for London Irish 5k crowd!
JJ11Like, people will always have a reason to move, scholarships, parents jobs, economic migration, etc etc. I suppose what the discussion comes down to is what defines your nationality? To me, bloodline and place of birth should take priority. But then immigration must be taken into account. If you become a citizen of a country, then surely you should be able to represent them.
87. Posted by Kerry Roy Keane would knock seven bells out of his ruggers equivalent.Footballers are toned as they are built for endurance, not heffers trudging off after 55 mins knackered. Also with football being a skill based sport being a gym monkey is not a prerequisite to play.___Does your Mummy know you're on here?
That's #90 not #91Regards Vunipola's nationality, so long as he meets the requirements (should be 5 year residences) and the vast majority of the team are native then it's fine. The biggest farce is RL. It's XIII Aussies/Englishmen wearing a [insert national team] jersey and then passing if off as a national team. The RL"WC" is 4 teams plus 12 Aussie/English selects. No-one is interested.
#91 goes without saying Bertie.Ruggers used to have more skill in it, the French for example once had flair. It's now a gym monkey dominated game. The French midfield has an 17 stone talentless bull Bastereux (can't be bothered googling the spelling) when there used to be Philippe Sella. JPR, Gareth Edwards and co must cry watching Gatlandball.James Haskell sums up RU now. Unskilled brute.
Dickypig. Where a player has learned his rugby doesn't come into the equation much but it definitely should. It's the only true sign of the strength of rugby in a country. As said on here, Bill Beaumont even said as much. BTW, you do realise that Moriarity was only tempted to England by a college scholarship & would then be disadvantaged if not classes as English? As also Matt Protheroe & more.
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