Who's The Better Tackler

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  1. wicked_wayz

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    hey i've been a fan of nfl for quite a while now and one question always comes to mind - "who's the better tackler between a nfl player and a rugby league player" i ain't here to cause a riot between nfl and rugby fans is just that i'm pretty much bored and thought i'd start a new thread.

    so let me know what you think
     
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    what in the hell is rug-be? Is that soccer?

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    lol glad to show u what rugby league is all about, its what we down in the southern hemisphere play, just click on the link below and it will show the tackles in rugby league- go and have a look.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf0fsgDRCzk&search=state of origin

    oh yeah football was originated from rugby by some american guy
     
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    No pads, full speed ahead..............Rugby plaers are insane........Rugby hands down. Put them in an NFL uniform and they might try to tackle a tank.
     
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    considering all you really do in rugby is tackle, then i gotta go with the rugby guys.
     
  6. TEXANRED

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    I have played both Rugby and Football and the tackeling style is very different between the two.

    Oh how you might ask?

    The Rugby league (nothing to formal) I played in, you were not allowed to spear another player, or lead with your head. To me this forces a person to be a better tackler buy having to square up and wrap up not to mention to win the battle of leverage by getting lower than your opponent.

    Where as football you tend to use your head as a weapon by planting the face mask square in the chest and use that momentem to wrap up and knock your opponent down. You will leave the field with a bloody nose if you tried that in rugby. Not to mention getting blind sided by a 250 pound man flying thru the air.

    So to answer your question I think the best pure tackeling comes from rugby but the harder hits come from football.

    I would have to say I have been hit harder in football than in rugby. However being in a scrum sucks.

    Playing primarly D-Line or Linebacker I wasen't used to having the football but in Rugby anybody at any time will touch the ball to score. I loved running over people. The backwards pass is somthing to get used to and not as easy as it sounds. I still can't drop kick.
     
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    Right on, it is two different kinds of tackling so it's hard to compare. Put football players on a rugby field and I don't expect they'd be able to succeed especially well, put rugby players on a football field and I don't expect they'd do overly well. Having pads also enables you to tackle people a lot harder. Football players are generally more athletic but rugby players are probably a little tougher.
     
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    Rugby seems to have a much more violent style of tackling, and a lot less regulation. Why do they always slide when they score? Is it a rule of sorts? I think I'm going to start my kids off w/rugby before moving them to football. They need to learn how to take a hit and deliver it back harder.
     


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    Rather play Lacrosse then Rugby.
     
  10. Maddict5

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    ^^vinny its 2 different sports....rugby players would definitely be better tacklers, the most missed tackles you'd ever see in rugby would be nearly always 1....i have these kind of arguments with friends all the time. where im from rugby is the oval-ball game and my friends are always saying 'nfl is for ******* etc' because of the pads etc but i say that the nfl players are bigger and faster than rugby plyers and therefore its too dangerous to not play with pads and that shuts them up

    and to answer your question about why rugby players dont convert..well the main reason is just because they're good tacklers(which can be thought easier than other aspects) doesnt mean they'll cut it playing in the nfl ie..they probably wont have the coverage skills or experience/instincts to stop running plays very well....its a bit like asking why dont formula 1 cars enter rally's

    and YTF...the reason they dive most of the time is because the rule is that you have to touch the ball down on the ground in the 'endzone' so to speak...and diving is the safest way of doing this without 'fumbling'
     
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    Rugby is mostly about the wrap tackle. I would say that the average rugby player is a more secure tackler. The tackle is pretty well legislated against.

    Football is a lot more chipping and throwing the body. Also the hits are much more vicious in football.

    There are tons of reasons rugby players don't end up trying football. Body shape, lack of exposure to the sport, Rugby/League being an obsession in the places where they are played.
     
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    you have to touch the ball down in the endzone for the try to count.. otherwise you dont score any points.
     
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    thanks, I was just going along the lines that they were crazy Aussies.
     
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    "Where as football you tend to use your head as a weapon by planting the face mask square in the chest and use that momentem to wrap up and knock your opponent down. You will leave the field with a bloody nose if you tried that in rugby. Not to mention getting blind sided by a 250 pound man flying thru the air."

    very true but in my view the impact in rugby league is more devasting, remember in league you have guys running straight at you full speed from 10 yards back and you got to tackle them in a standing position (extremely hard) and believe me you'll get more than a bloody nose if you tried to tackle with your head....you'll get concussed the F out for a week...lol

    but thanxs for posting your opinion much appreciated
     
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    "but i say that the nfl players are bigger and faster than rugby plyers and therefore its too dangerous to not play with pads and that shuts them up"
    i don't really agree with you on this one i believe the players on both rugby league and football are basically at the same speed.

    because in league you play
    - 2 full 40min halfs without breakdown running at full speed consistantly
    - you tackle as much as 20 times if not more PER GAME
    - you carry the ball as much as 10 to 20 times PER GAME
    - you play both offense and defence

    but other than size its basically the same except for the o line, but then in league they are not best suited to play, for they will not be able to do the above actions. but then again its the same for league players too, they will not be able to do what o line men can do or even be good at coverage.

    but you are right they are two COMPLETELY different sport

    thanxs for posting me ur opinion much appreciated

    what ever you americans do...don't ever watch rugby league being played by euro countries for they make the sport look wussy
     
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    i can assure you, there are not any randy moss' or deion sanders playing rugby...

    rugby has some good white athletes, but the good black ones (the best ones) play football
     
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    i tell you this like i've told everyone else, don't watch rugby played by euro countries, watch how NZ and AUS plays it

    and by the way those two are not made to play Rugby league neither will the good black ones we have in rugby would be able to play nfl
     
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    Instead of running a hail mary for 50-70 yards. I think teams should line up there best athletes at the oline positions and play rugby style to get to the endzone.

    i think rugby players are better tacklers, they are pretty much in a train wreck on every possessions.
     
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    i dont really watch rugby league that much, more rugby union and i know the league athletes, in some cases, are better athletes. however, from what
    ive seen, most rugby players dont nearly have the size/speed combination as nfl athletes for obvious reasons-they are more focused on durability(running around for 80 minutes), whereas in the nfl, they focus on short spurts of optimum performance
     
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    ive seen, most rugby players dont nearly have the size/speed combination as nfl athletes for obvious reasons-they are more focused on durability(running around for 80 minutes), whereas in the nfl, they focus on short spurts of optimum performance[/QUOTE]

    i disagree with this cause look at our wingers they can run the 100m in 11 seconds take for example look at jonah lomu hes almost 2m meters tall, thats like 6'5 or 6'6 and weighs like 260 - 270 pounds and can run in the 100m in 11sec thats pure power and speed. the main difference when it comes to body shape is the muscle mass
     

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