• I know nothing about American football except for a few vague things seen on TV, but rugby i do know. First, there's two types of rugby - Union and League, but I'm assuming you're referring to Union. Once again - it isn't "British" rugby, anymore than it's "British" tennis - it's played by France, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Cook Islands, FIji, Tonga, Western Samoa etc etc. In rugby each team has 15 players plus 7 reserves, with each player having a certain position. Basically, each team has an end with a goalpost, and they try to defend the that end from the other team. get the ball to the other team's end and you can get a try ( 5 points), convert it (kick it over the posts) and you get anotehr two. If the other team does something wrong, you can get a penalty and kick the ball over the posts if close enough - 3 points. Or if you kick the ball over the other posts in play it's a dropped goal - 3 points. You can't throw the ball forward ( a difference), there's not as many set moves as in American Football, and rugby players don't wear all the padding and portective gear worn in American Football. No helmets (can wear a thin cloth headpiece if you want, but few do), no shoulder pads, nothing like that. You can still be tackled though, so it's easier to get hurt really. As with cricket and baseball - very few similarities - both ball sports, team sports, get the ball to the other end etc. Rugby League, played mostly in Australia and Britain is a bit different, 13 players, more set moves, less rough. But I'm pretty sure you're thinking of Union.
  • Positional differences with the same names exist. Because in rugby you defend and attack in a straight line (as opposed to Gridiron, where you have the line of scrimmage and then the receivers, tight end and running backs in different places depending on the play you choose), players will have different jobs. In Gridiron, the Halfback is a running back usually situated behind the quarterback. In rugby (either code, although the correct term for a halfback in Union is 'scrumhalf'; it's a term used mainly by the English in League these days), the halfback plays in the middle of the field and their job is to (1) In rugby league, to direct the team around the ground and set up plays; and (2) in rugby union, give the ball to their teammates from the ruck and guide the team around. In Gridiron, the Fullback usually blocks for the halfback and even the quarterback, and can even run for a reception. He stands behind the line of scrimmage. In both League and Union, the fullback is the last man. He normally stands 10 metres or more behind his team's defensive line. His job is to clean up - make that last try-saving tackle, gather the kick which could have been disastrous, etc. And in attack, they chime into the defensive line and sniff around for offloads (an offload is when a player passes the ball while being tackle when the ball-carrier has not yet been tackled). No timeouts in either code. Because the method of playing is so much simpler and there so many less rules than in Gridiron, the teams don't call huddles and take a few seconds between plays - that's all decided before and during each match. Whereas in Gridiron there are essentially 3 teams (the offensive team, the defensive team, and the special team), in both codes of rugby, the 15 players (in the case of Union) or the 13 player (in the case of League) per team do each job. For example, a winger in either code will do both defensive and offensive work, whilst also being the team's number one goal-kicker.
  • American football is eleven on eleven played on a 120 yard field (ten yards at each end are the scoring areas, known as "end zones"). The ball is put into play from the spot the last play ended. Teams have four chances ("downs") to move the ball 10 yards. If they fail the other team gains possession. If the 10 yards (or more) is accomplished, the team gets 4 new downs to move another 10 yards (called getting a "first down"). Scoring as accomplished by moving the ball across the opponents goal line (called a "touchdown") either by run or pass (forward passes are only allowed to originate from behind the ball's spot when the play began, called the "line of scrimmage") or by kicking the ball ("field goal") through the crossbars ("goal post") at the back of the goal area ("end zone") Touchdowns are worth 6 points and are rewarded with 1 play from the 3 yard line. Advancing the ball again past the goal line is worth 2 points, kicking it like a field goal is worth 1 point. Field goals are worth 3 points and must be kicked off the ground with the assistance of a second player holding it upright by the tip. After any offensive score, the scoring team will kick the ball of of a tee to the opponents. The spot where the returner is tackled becopmes the new line of scrimmage. The defense can score 2 points by tackling the offense in their own end zone. This is called a "safety". Following a safety, the offense has to kick the ball to the defense. This is the only situation where the scoring team receives possession after scoring. There are numerous other rules, but this should at least shed a little light on it if you happen to turn on a game. For more comprehensive rules see the NFL's official website or the US collegiate athletic association at Canadian football is generally the same as US football with the exceptions (1) offense only gets 3 chances to get a first down and (2) the field is shorter than American football.
  • There are a number of differences between American Football and Rugby (Union or League). Off course there are differences in field size, number of players, ball, player protection, goal posts etc. etc. In my opinion there are two most important differeces between Football and Rugby: 1. In Rugby you are not allowed to pass forwards, where in Football it's the most likely thing to do to score points. 2. In Rugby only the ball carrier can be tackled (and never body checked). Where in Football blocking of non ball carriers is essential. Those differences create complete different sports with different tactics.
  • The rules are some. I don't know which of them is the toughest, but in American football the players at least wear helmets.
  • American Football or Gridiron, is much different than "Rugby" its not just played in England, thats much like saying oil can only be used by China ETC, There Are Similarities, such as Goal Posts tackling, kicking the ball, but in many ways it is different, I dont know much about League, i follow only Union, There is no end to a Rugby Play unless the ball is out of bounds or as its called a line out, the ball gets drop goaled, or theres a Try or as in Gridiron Touchdown, and there is one free kick for the extra point after a Try, also if theres a Penalty, you can moost of the tim choose to Scrum, Run, Punt Or Kick at the Goal, penalties connsists of High Tackles, Handling the ruck, knock on, pushing the ball forward on purpose kicking the ball forward is legal, however throwing it forward and having another team member get it is considered a forward pass, and usually will result in you having to kick off to them, or they can call the penalties i wrote above, People View Rugby as a "Free for All" or "Smear the Queer" game, actually the rules are less, but there are rules, there are rules about tackling, you cannot tackle someone while there in the air, or lift them high in the air and take them down, penalties are similiar to soccer or football, for any infractions there is a yellow and red card, for a warning they will not give anything, the second time they may or may not pull a yellow card out but the third time expect to sit on the bench for 10 minutes or so, and if you keep doing illegal actions you will get a red card and your done for the game. as in gridiron there are no cards. Time and Length of the game- Gridiron football has 4 quarters, in Rugby there are only 2 quarters, at least in Union, and there 40 minutes each, and the clock does not stop for penalties or infractions, the clock only stops for an injured player, as in football, penalties or certain plays the clock will stop most of the info has been covered above so i just fileld in some of the blanks
  • Brits don't cover themselfs in armor to protect themself from getting broozes. but it would make sence to do that
  • As a player and fan of both games I think I can answer this question. American football is much more dangerous! It is due to the stop of play after each tackle and maximum gain of territory durring each play. American football is a collision sport. You don't mearly tackle, you deliver a "HIT" to bring a ball carrior down. Also everyone on a team can block some else who doesn't have the ball. The human body cannot withstand (not for long)the sort of forces involved in these collissions. The American public in the early 20th century were trying to ban the game if death and injury were noy reduced. This let to the body armor and helmets of today. What was not forseen was the use of the armor as weapons. The hits became even more violent! But, to attempt to play this game at a collage or professional level with out the armor would be insanity! These men are so large, powerfull and fast, that to take a hit from them with out the armor would most likly result in death or perm. paralisis! At the very least carreer ending injury. You couldn't play more than a few games before you no longer had a team to play or to play with!
  • British rugby players aren't millionaire cry babies like the guys over here.
  • probably not much

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