Pretty self-explanatory really but here are my 10 biggest reasons that rugby is better than football (or soccer for our American friends);
1 – The Fans
Rugby fans are a great bunch, we all seem capable of getting along even in the biggest of games without the need for a hefty security presence. The fact that even in the most competitive games opposition fans are able to sit next to one another without segregation only helps improve the good natured banter.
2 – Respect
The respect isn’t just confined to the fans however as rugby players at least have the decency to listen to the referee and do as they are told (usually) rather than sending a barrage of abuse at him.
3 – The Players
There isn’t much chance of seeing rugby players diving, feigning injury or attempting to con the referee. In fact a rugby player is much more likely to try to manipulate the referee by pretending not to be hurt.
4 – The Kits
Yes they might not be the height of fashion but at least in rugby we don’t take ourselves too seriously. This has led to some of the most fun, bizarre and wacky kits imaginable (there’s also been some pretty decent ones).
5 – Internationals
The importance of internationals in football is rapidly diminishing whereas in rugby they are the absolute pinnacle for players and fans alike. Nothing unites a nation like a major rugby international.
6 – The Tackles
This doesn’t really need an explanation, just see the video above…
7 – Inclusivity
8 – The Banter
Let’s face it, as a sport rugby doesn’t take itself too seriously – just see the video above for proof.
9 – The Team
10 – The Passion
We might be c**p at singing and dancing but when it comes to showing pride in the shirt we give our all during the national anthem or haka! Can you say the same about football players?