Wednesday, February 8, 2012 8:42:41 AM
If I may offer my opinion on the rugby v american football tackle debate. I think if you're referring to single big hits then american football takes it. This is down to a couple of rule variations and the way the game is played. In rugby you can`t dive into a tackle and you must attempt to bind, where as in american football you can just throw your shoulder into a man. Also in football you know that the man you`re about to tackle won`t pass the ball which mean you can commit 100% to the hit. This said as far as I can see 95% of the hits in football are no bigger than an average rugby tackle. In fact sometimes the player in possession won`t even take the tackle and throw themselves to the ground like a soccer player. Also they wear quite a lot of padding compared to rugby, most rugby players only have their jersey to soften the blow. For these reasons I would say at the top end the hits are bigger in american football, but the average tackle hurts more in rugby.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:38:42 AM
emmettyville dont you know they hit a lot harder than those players. That is why they have pads and helmets. Myst buster did a show on who hits the hardest and football player won the challenge.