Well, I was with the Miami Dolphins for a
bit, and then got released, then came up to Boston. Boston that’s my home land, that’s
where I’m from, where I was raised. I was sitting in a diner just eating, and I turned
and looked at the television in the collegiate 7s on NBC were playing. I looked and I saw
the athleticism out there, the pace of the game and just the athletes and was like this
is what I want to play. Just recently came up from playing football,playing football
and I had talked to my agent about career opportunities. He always brought in the subject
of rugby, but I always brushed it off, like nah, I’m never playing rugby. But after
seeing that collegiate 7s I really got interested and was like this is what i want to do. so
i contacted him and told him, who do I need to speak to, and he got in touch with Al Caravelli
And the rest is history. From there I played with Caravelli through the summer. Summer
7s with Niak and then from there I got selection camps and now I’m in New Zealand
witch is pretty surreal. I started playing rugby in July of 2010, it was just a fast,
fast pace introduction to the sport. Weekends up at Caravellis house, one-on-one trainings,
ball handling skills, and just really getting comfortable with the sport,and all of the
game, and just the rules of the game, pretty much. and now you’re playing for America?
Yeah, and now I’m playing for America which is crazy. All my friends ask me, when did
this happen? how did it happen? It just happened in a diner, sitting in a diner. And the national
broadcast with NBC marketed the sport very well, and American athletes and little kids
will learn hopefully and be inspired to play the sport and love rugby as much as i do.
Recently picked it up, but love every moment of it , the brotherhood of the athletes, the
coaches are really cool they helped me out, really pieced this puzzle together. What have
you heard of wellington 7s? I heard its crazy, people dressing up in costumes, the parade
is wild, the fans are wild as well, they just love the sport. Coming to New Zealand, on
Air New Zealand their video, the introduction to the plane where they exits were and all
that, they were all rugby players. That’s when I knew New Zealand is crazy about rugby.
Rugby is life; eat, sleep, breath. Looking at the sports, just looking at the main difference
is the padding. You don’t wear any pads. No shoulder pads, no pant pads, or helmet.
But the biggest difference, I’d say, is the fitness level. Football is really start
stop. I want to say it’s like 4 seconds of focus at any given play. Whereas rugby
7, that 14 minutes of focus, 100%. I can relate it to either a track meet or football 2 minute
drill, but for 14 minutes. No huddle, fast pace, and just really giving it your all,
emptying the tank. Who hits harder? Who hits harder? I want to say, I don’t know because
with rugby its more controlled hits because your don’t have padding, you don’t have
shoulder pads or helmet so your hits have to be controlled. You can’t just fly in.
whereas football, your so padded up you feel invincible. You can pretty much just fly,
and chuck yourself at somebody. So I don’t know, I mean football hits are pretty hard,
but rugby hits, you feel them as well. So do you think you are going to be there for
the Olympics on day? oh hopefully God willing, my legs hold up and my body stays in shape,
and I just continue to excel in the game and do well. Hopefully I will have that opportunity
to represent USA. We’ve been telling everyone that USA has to defend their honor. Yeah that’s
what I’ve heard. What was it in 40.. 24. I was going to say 42, hopefully we can bring
one back. Do you have any time after the tournament to get a look around New Zealand? I’m not
sure, because the tournaments Friday, Saturday. I’d love the opportunity to stay and you
know, really look at all the tourist attractions, and go to some museums. But I think we are
shipping out Sunday. In between the week, we get a chance with the courtesy of the liaisons; they take us around,
they show us some of the cultural stuff, and all that. We were welcomed pretty
well at the airport; I want to say by the Maori. Our welcoming, that was pretty cool.
They danced, they sung, then the kiss on the cheek and the tap on the nose. I want to say
the nose kiss or touch. Best of luck to you. Appreciate that. Thank you very much. No problem

From NFL Gridiron to U.S.A. Rugby Sevens – Miles Craigwell
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72 thoughts on “From NFL Gridiron to U.S.A. Rugby Sevens – Miles Craigwell

  • February 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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    B the One! …. love this guy!

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  • February 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm
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    Hero!

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  • February 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm
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    Nice to see an athlete so enthused about the sport he's playing, it makes a nice change from all those dull interviews with major stars.

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  • March 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm
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    Good luck mate! Hopefully we'll get to see you and the other 7's yanks here in Australia some time soon.

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  • March 26, 2011 at 5:20 am
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    NFL& RUGBY both great sports

    you lose nothing, miles

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  • March 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm
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    @UHtiger Did you ever find out what happened to the other NFL converts peters and brazzer? I am watching the conversion closely. I wonder if they left the game(?) or if they had to quit to make a living(?) or if they were injured(?)

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  • June 6, 2011 at 2:41 am
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    America could dominate rugby if it was more popular there..

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  • June 6, 2011 at 7:15 am
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    From one good sport to another good sport…good on him.

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  • June 27, 2011 at 9:04 am
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    Wow, Chris Tucker playing rugby! Who would have thought! And it has made his voice has man up too!

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  • July 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm
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    watta good bloke… Rugby is the real men sport..

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  • August 30, 2011 at 9:45 am
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    Whatever you do bud, Don't ever play the 15th man game no matter what ppl say!. play RUGBY 7s, Touch Football, or RUGBY LEAGUE! …

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  • September 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm
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    @h7p10 WHY ??????????

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  • September 16, 2011 at 1:46 am
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    @duceoldschool Like the majority of American Football players, he's a college grad, did you expect him to speak like a caveman?

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  • October 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm
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    @bebomac5 Have you heard Chris Johnson speak? He has an IQ of 10

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  • October 17, 2011 at 10:58 am
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    4:40 ….. LMFAO if only he knew what a horry maori meant in new zealand ay. haha. seems passionate though i like him

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  • November 1, 2011 at 4:34 am
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    I dont understand why am football players are constantly refered to as pussies, simply because they wear pads. I dont seem this guy hurting without them, just got passed the conditioning part and hes good to go. Doesnt look like a pussy to me.

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  • November 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm
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    @lasiodorides LOL

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  • November 28, 2011 at 9:09 am
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    This is why the US would be the best in the world. Once we decide to play we will be the best in the world. All those NCAA Div 1 football hopefuls who dont make it would be the best people to star on our team

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  • December 1, 2011 at 3:03 am
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    @daniel238850

    Just like the NCAA Collegiate Wrestling program means that America completely dominates Wrestling internationally?

    How many medals did America win at last year's World Championship? That's right, ZERO.

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  • December 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm
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    @USAHistory1 they dont understand what the protective gear in NFL is for, it enables bigger tackles and such. In rugby our tackles are all head on and 80% below the waist, while i notice in gridiron alot are blindside high tackles, so of course it makes sense to have the equipment. Not all of us rugby players/fans think low of the sport at all, ud be suprised how many would give it a go. – new zealander from a rugby mad country

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  • January 11, 2012 at 3:41 am
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    @Phillyated20 well said

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  • February 4, 2012 at 3:25 am
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    i like 15's better tan 7's jus sayn

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  • February 4, 2012 at 3:34 am
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    @newshamg Dunno what you're on about but I believe at the rugby world cup last year, there was 32 countries.

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  • February 7, 2012 at 9:01 am
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    Hope IRB look the Rugby program in the USA. We will never take over American Football, but we can grow the game. Not every athlete in NCAA football, basketball, wrestling, hockey, will be a pro. This is who rugby should recruit. Strength in numbers and watch it take off.

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  • March 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm
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    What does the 7's mean?

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  • April 2, 2012 at 1:44 am
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    Rugby is played in both hemispheres as a top reknowned sport. Its not the world game like "Soccer" but its definitley bigger than NFL worlrdwide. I like NFL, but its pretty much only played in America.. and you say you played rugby at a high level? which level might that be?? since you come from America?

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  • April 5, 2012 at 4:58 am
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    rugby will soon be big in america and they will be one the tops in the world

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  • April 11, 2012 at 3:04 am
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    If America want to excel in rugby they need to get the kids playing at a young age in the grass roots level. Its not a sport you can teach in high school and then think you can make it on the world stage from there, learning the game at school will be too late for anyone. In nz an samoa young kids just have a natural ability from a young age to play the game, this where you know who has it and who dont. Rugby these days you just got to be natural at it, you either have it or don't.

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  • April 19, 2012 at 6:35 am
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    not suprising…hes an ivy leaguer

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  • April 24, 2012 at 6:53 am
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    America used to hold the world cup for the longest before American football begun.

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  • April 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm
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    100% agree but they will never be good at rugby well not in the top 6 anyway. just because of the size of the country. they will never be able to put a proper tournament together. ther is a reason why only small countries are good at rugby

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  • April 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm
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    No it won't. We've been hearing the same thing about soccer. Soccer in America is only big at the youth level.

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  • June 1, 2012 at 1:42 am
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    good on you bro! best of luck with your new future in rugby.

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  • July 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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    image of chris tucker

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  • August 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm
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    Got a chance to meet this man during the USA Sevens in 2011. Real humble and all around nice guy, I even got to take a picture with him 🙂

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  • September 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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    Most of his friends were probably wondering, what the hell is Rugby…
    New Zealand? is that a country… ?

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  • October 8, 2012 at 2:47 am
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    Yeah the world champs!!!!!!

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  • October 15, 2012 at 12:08 am
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    hes one cool mellow dude awesome! bro , best of luck . southafrica allday

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  • November 25, 2012 at 7:24 am
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    I think that some of the NFL players should play Rugby in the off season and also represent the USA in international rugby. Its time for the USA to play some sports that the world actually cares about.

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  • January 8, 2013 at 10:08 am
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    Good choice Miles Craigwell

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  • February 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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    Don't want to seem like an ass… but I just don't think rugby will catch on in the US. Soccer maybe with a lot of the hispanic population.. but even they americanize and switch to basketball and football. If Rugby had more dimensions and strategy to it, I could see it, but its just too simple and set in a soccer style game mode.

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  • March 26, 2013 at 3:38 am
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    also basketball/baseball are pretty damn simple yet are very popular. football isnt all that complicated either and im not sure that that is the main reason for its popularity. those American sports are popular do to tradition more then anything in my opinion.

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  • April 13, 2013 at 5:16 am
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    Rugby will not catch on in the usa ,if it didnt already now it never will ya dingus

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  • April 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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    thank you o wise time traveller

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  • May 8, 2013 at 9:50 am
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    Good luck Miles, passion will take you far.

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  • June 16, 2013 at 4:41 am
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    It won't be as big as NFL MLB or the NBA but it'll definitely grow, it'll probably be as big or bigger than the MLS, now that it's in the Olympics, it'll grow in U.S

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  • July 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm
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    Super 12 USA will take it to the level of the NFL….Private Owned Teams, League will become Publicly Traded…12 Teams…3 Geographics…Draft Program with Combines through DV1 College and DV1 Club..

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  • July 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm
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    Yeah, hopefully love rugby

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  • August 25, 2013 at 3:24 am
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    Americans playing rugby is like British people playing baseball it's not right

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  • September 5, 2013 at 3:51 am
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    1926 Olympic RU Champs. SUCK IT

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  • September 21, 2013 at 11:48 am
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    Nice he enjoys it, Rugby is the father of American Football and at the same time its Association Football's (Soccer) brother. The main difference being asides from being physical it needs stamina which American Football hasn't got.

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  • October 10, 2013 at 9:05 am
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    It's good to hear he found his sport…I just like to note that the title is somewhat misleading…Miles was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, but he never made it to the 53 man roster only the practice squad…meaning he never played in the NFL

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  • December 12, 2013 at 7:15 am
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    Two years later and he still struggles to make the US team (who aren't even ranked in the top ten).

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  • January 25, 2014 at 3:38 am
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    @John Maddin are you kidding me? Did you just say American football requires no stamina? It is not as much running as rugby but imagine being a linemen having to push and wrestling the opposing player to the ground every play. That is tiring and while Rugby is non stop there is a lot of walking and jogging included vs football which is repeated sprints. I honestly think basketball requires more stamina than rugby.

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  • January 30, 2014 at 7:06 am
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    Good stuff Miles, should try Rugby League too! Maybe you can make the next Rugby League World Cup, you can be a dual international (see SBW).

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  • January 30, 2014 at 7:09 am
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    Can't compare apples and oranges and I'm a fan of all sports including The World Game, cricket, and basketball. Besides Basketball, you'll find it that RL is the more enjoyable of the two codes(R.League or R.Union) and definitely better than AF. Greatest game to play and watch. The top nations(only Aus NZ and Eng) are just waiting for the Americas (esp USA) to pick up on Rugby League (or R.Union) to bring good competition and their own tactics/training regimes to the world stage in a truly entertaining tactical and physical sport that is for ANY body type. Damn money is what drives a 'cultural' sport in any country though…

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  • March 5, 2014 at 2:56 am
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    welcome to the big boys league america.

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  • March 7, 2014 at 6:42 am
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    What a great ambassador for his country and the sport.

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  • March 12, 2014 at 10:24 pm
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    He never made it on the starting team so that means bad football players make good rugby players

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  • April 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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    U can run in without control and hit without pads. Watch some rugby league.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 11:55 am
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    haha all these league fans – get over it, union is by far the better. Theres not much to watch in league, set of 6, run it up try break the line…repeat. Union has a lot more to enjoy and the world agrees so there you have it.

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  • December 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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    Union League! are the same! just without rucks & 5 & lasts!

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  • March 6, 2015 at 8:54 am
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    chris tucker

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  • May 28, 2015 at 6:56 am
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    Rugby league is a real mans game brother, ! Should try it you will love it. And im sure id USA really invested in Rugby League in 20 years from now they could number 1 over NZ and Australia…They have the money so why not…dont waste time in rugby union lol. Its boring!!!

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  • October 12, 2015 at 9:02 am
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    Good man you saw the light

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  • February 11, 2016 at 5:10 am
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    come on america you going to have to try very hard to beat us Aussies at R.U or R.L go south Sydney rabbitohs and the wallabies

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  • February 2, 2018 at 2:49 pm
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    Rugby union is growing fast in the US.I see its the fastest growing teamsport among the youth now and the third fastest growing sport overall in the US.Good to see.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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    Wow..

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  • October 8, 2018 at 8:52 am
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    The biggest deference is the money and that

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  • February 23, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    The nose touch is called Hongi. You cannot get closer than this to another persons thinking.

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  • July 5, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    If Americans are told that 7's is rugby they are being lied to because 7's is not the game the world plays, the world plays the 15 man game called Rugby Union that last for 2 periods of 40 minutes.

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  • July 24, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    Humble dude , he'll fit in well.

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