American Football and Rugby

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Since I was eight years old, I have been playing football. It was my dream to be an N.F.L professional football player, for the Oakland Raiders of course. It wasn’t until college that I started thinking differently about football. I tried out for the team my freshman year, and to say the least, Being a college athlete is not an easy job. That is the problem, football in college seemed to be more of a job than the fun sport I grew up loving. This year, however, I discovered a sport that I feel fits my life. It is a rough, tough, and physically demanding sport, with an environment that makes me feel right at home. That sport is known as rugby.

Rugby is similar to football, except there are no pads, fewer safety rules and is not massively populated by the media in America like the N.F.L. However, it is a very international sport and along with soccer, rugby is the most-watched sport in the world. It requires quick thinking, hand-eye coordination, stamina, strength as well as speed. Rugby is often called "the game for animals played by gentlemen." The game has evolved into two main forms, rugby union and rugby league, with their own distinct ways to play. Rugby union is commonly played in Europe especially England, while rugby league is popular in Australia and New Zealand.

In Rugby Union there is an assembly of two teams of fifteen players each. There are eight forwards, who mainly obtain possession of the ball, and seven backs who mainly carry and move the ball. Then to start play, the defensive team kicks the ball to the offensive team. A player runs with the ball until tackled, he may also pass or kick the ball to a teammate but cannot pass the ball forward. When a player is tackled, he must release or pass the ball. If released, the ball is open for anyone to obtain. Play stops only on a rules violation, two opposing players grabbing the ball (known as a ruck or maul) or the ball going out of bounds. To restart play,...
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