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Quick Facts on Rugby
7s Rugby Becomes New Olympic Sport
Professional Rugby in America
Posted Dec 08 2013 by PCR
The time is coming for a professional rugby league in North America to match those of Europe and the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa). Recently, Grand Prix Entertainment (GPE) and USA Rugby signed a deal to establish the "Grand Prix Rugby Football League"'; a professional 16-team league to showcase 7-a-side rugby leading up to, and after, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Similarly, there has been some significant financial and organizational backing to create a "National Rugby Football League" in the not too distant future that will feature the traditional 15-a-side version. The investment group RugbyLaw has already hired an NFL talent scout to start scouting future rugby talent at the NFL Combine. Rugby Combine is in the works. Based on the attendance and TV audience successes of the USA Rugby Sevens Tournaments, the Collegiate Rugby Championship Tournaments, and World Cup 15s Test Matches held in the United States, America is on the cusp of seeing professional rugby develop on this continent. However, as with all new start-ups, it's not a given until we see it.
02/07/13 "Exclusive: Could European Pro Rugby Come to [America]"
05/17/13 "NFL Plays Offense With Move Into Rugby"
06/05/13 "US professional rugby union project delayed to 2014"
06/07/13 "Another dream dies as USA ambitions falter"
06/10/13 "Cliff Notes: Don't wear Pro Rugby Hops on Your Sleeve"
08/29/13 "Pro Rugby in America"
09/27/13 "[GPE] Launches America's First [Pro] Rugby League,.."
09/30/13 "Professional rugby sevens league to launch in US"
NRFL (15s) - www.RugbyLaw.com
GPRFL (7s) - www.GrandPrixEntertainment.com
Full Contact Fun, Less Injuries
Despite the aggressive appearance of the sport, rugby has become a relatively safe sport - compared to other collision-type team sports like football and hockey. Since no hard-shelled pads are allowed, players must develop proper contact skills. For example, unlike football, defending players must maintain controlled contact throughout the tackle. And, players are not allowed to hit a player that does not have the ball or does not have their feet on the ground. In fact, current medical research is supporting the introduction of rugby-style tackles in football to reduce concussions and head/neck injuries. And, the governing bodies of rugby embraced the latest concussion management guidelines long before football or hockey. Furthermore, the Rugby culture puts a premium on good sportsmanship, mutual respect and camaraderie: values that have become less apparent at all levels of today's "mainstream" sports. These differences maximize player safety without minimizing competitiveness.
Rugby Benefits Football!
Rugby is a great sport in itself but participation can also improve football performance. The physicality of rugby and football are very similar. Both require a high level of anaerobic fitness, functional strength, agility and teamwork.
With a concern rising concern over concussions in football and an innate drive to stay successful, a growing number of top-level coaches are implementing rugby-style tacking to improve safety and develop more competitive athletes.
If your coach is not embracing your participation in Rugby, he's probably not preparing you to maximize your athletic potential for college and beyond.
Below are a few successful football programs that are leading the way as well as Pro Football Players that contribute their success to participation in rugby.
What are you waiting for?
Get in the game!
2014, 2015 NFL Championship Appearances
Ohio State Buckeyes
Switch to Rugby Tacking
University of New Hampshire
(A Top FCS FB Program)
Is leading research on rugby-style in football
Canton High School (OK)
Credits rugby in the off-season for rapid success in football.
HS Rugby Player Becomes NFL Player
Football Player Joins USA 7s Rugby Team