Originally Posted by Guybrush Threepwood
What kind of football (soccer) do you play Spline? There's no way you should be hurtin' after a soccer game more than a rugby game.
Then again, who knows how you Ivy League dudes play...
I played rugby in school, I've been out of school for 2+ years now and have been playing soccer in various adult leagues in central florida. Soccer is more physical than you think, especially when you're not playing in fru-fru professional Italian or Spanish leagues. In rugby, I was brought to the ground at full speed. In soccer, I'll get hacked from behind at full speed. Either way I hit the ground, but in rugby I can see it coming. Plus, the rugby tackle decellerates things a bunch.
And I repeat, I played wing. Not exactly in the scrum. I've been punched in the gut a few times, but never successfully in the face because I cover up. This is standard procedure. In soccer I play striker, and defenders like to hack. Plus, there are ocassional full-sprint collisions with goalkeepers, skull-to-skull collisions, etc. This never seems to happen in rugby. I swear, Brian McBride is probably one of the hardest American athletes alive. I can't think of any American football player who's that hard.