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The last real men's sport: rugby Sports

The last real men's sport: rugby. It is considered the sport of gentlemen, even if every spectator is likely to wonder why when he sees the action on the field. Rugby is not for wimps and that's why it's still very popular.

When the typical German football fan sees a rugby game for the first time, they should probably rub their eyes in amazement. Actions that would cause interruptions for minutes and red cards in the Bundesliga are part of everyday life in rugby. Even if, admittedly, not every brutal action is allowed, as a player you shouldn't complain if your opponent's foot lands in your own face. Even for the American offshoot of football, rugby players and fans only have a weary smile left. Equipped with protective clothing and safe helmets, the US version cannot even be called rugby light. In comparison to football, rugby is like playing ice hockey without protective clothing.

Soccer vs. rugby

Similar to soccer, which is so popular in Germany, rugby originally came from England. It is said to have been built in the city of the same name as early as 1823. However, the story of a player by the name of William Webb Ellis simply picked up the ball and put it in the opponent's goal during a soccer game is controversial. Football is said to have emerged around 30 years later.
The sport took on concrete forms from 1863. That year the Football Association was founded in England with the aim of standardizing the rules of football. Since the rules then apparently found too little harshness and ball carrying, a group of clubs founded the Rugby Football Union in 1871. This subsequently provided for the rules of rugby, with the Northern Rugby Union later following, which embodied a slightly modified form.
Contrary to many German assumptions, rugby is no longer a purely British phenomenon. Teams all over the world play the hard version of football, even if the list of favorites for a World Cup might look strange to the football fan. Instead of Germany, Brazil or Spain, countries like New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Fiji or Tonga are among the strong teams in rugby. And of course the British teams with Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England are also represented at the top of every World Cup.

Hardness as a trademark

For the British, rugby has something special to this day and it is not for nothing that the sport is considered a rough occupation for the gentleman. However, you won't see much polite behavior on the pitch. Rugby is not wrongly known for its tougher pace, which is also reflected in the players. While a serious foul in football often results in a minute-long interruption, the rugby player only shakes himself briefly and continues. Even gross injuries don't stop many professionals from continuing. A good example is Sam Burgess, a player on the South Sydney Rabbitohs team. In the final of the Australian Championship, Brugess suffered a full-blown cheekbone fracture as early as the third minute after an attack. However, the player did not want to know anything about a substitution and stayed on the field for a full 77 minutes. In the end, his commitment was rewarded, as his team was able to win the championship title again for the first time in 43 years.

One step harder

The fact that Sam Burgess looked anything but pretty at the end of the game should probably not come as a surprise. Rugby is not only a tough sport for the players but also for its fans. However, if you don't know what to do with rugby, you should steer clear of the Calcio Storico. This is once again the proof that you can take anything to the extreme. The rugby-like sport has practically no rules and is played once a year in Florence. What kind of participants the event attracts becomes clear when you know that a regulation says that every player has to be free of criminal convictions for 5 years. The organizers did not introduce this without good reason. In 2006 the game had to be stopped prematurely after a fight broke out between the two teams. However, the players were so busy with the mass brawl that they skilfully ignored the abort and continued fighting for an hour. Rugby, on the other hand, is almost hand-tame.

The experts at agree that rugby can also assert itself in the German sports landscape, which is why more and more betting providers are betting on one of the 'last real men's sports'. If you've got a taste for it, Eurosport is currently broadcasting many rugby World Cup players live.