Thursday, October 27, 2011
Contrasting Rugby With American Football
I found this column from an American writer, Jack Bechta, who wrote an article on "Rugby vs The NFL". (Pics above from USA-Italy at the Rugby World Cup in Nelson, including USA captain Todd Clever)I thought some of the things each sport can learn from the other made some interesting reading:
The article also had video of a nice try Clever scored while playing sevens for the USA.
Bechta takes the IRB to task compared to how the NFL is managed. Rugby and the rugby culture are unique, but that does not mean that the two entities cannot learn from each other. The statistic that should make the NFL red-faced is the number of rugby players pursuing post graduate degrees.
Rugby fans have to be happy with the recent World Cup, but the long and short of it is, the sport can do better.