Based Messiah said:
I know you need the big dudes in rugby for tackling and other sh*t but am I the only who feels like a guy like a Darren Sproles or any other RB/WR with insane quickness and moves would just go crazy with the ball in his hands? Like just weave his way through all those white guys. Maybe I dont know the rules and what Im saying doesnt make sense, though. Anyone else ever think this?
And the insane athletes that play rugby are rare just like they are in any other sport, there isnt even one of these dudes per team Im sure.
the nfl undoubtedly has better pure athletes, but rugby is a completely different game in that its a game of skill. People unfamiliar with the sport see the big hits and runs and a.ssume its like football, but in reality, with 15 men on the field, there is very little room for big runs by someone like sproles. 95% of the time a tackle is made within seconds of you touching the ball. It is in a team's best interest to use well-rounded players who know the game's complexities, won't turn the ball over, and can pass/kick/hit. I have played at a high level, and the best players are almost never the best athletes (which is why a bunch of white guys from ireland routinely crush the US).
That said, athleticism is a huge advantage and the truly elite players are the ones who have both freakish athleticism and skill - if they ever start playing rugby in the hood its game over lol
Edit: also, football (at least pro football) is just as tough as rugby, anyone who says different is retarded. Yeah they wear helmets but that allows helmet-helmet contact which allows for more reckless tacking.