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(Guardian)   While most of the world wastes its time watching the world grass-diving championship in Brazil, the inaugural Rugby League Commonwealth Championship begins on Friday. As with any sporting event held in Glasgow, hookers are expected to be busy   (theguardian.com) divider line 25
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2014-06-24 12:03:23 PM
I hooked in college, it's hard on the knees.
 
2014-06-24 01:28:25 PM
Commonwealth?

Oh, I predict some very large Maoris and First Australians will push those puny Scots around like pints on a beer-soaked bar.

Either that or huge Canadians. Big butch bonking Canadians.
 
2014-06-24 01:58:40 PM
Only have tickets for the athletics myself.
 
2014-06-24 02:13:02 PM
For rugby players, the hookers are usually in drag.
 
2014-06-24 02:13:07 PM
At my college I think the amateur rugby team was larger than the (US) football team.

/no pads either, I am surprised rugby is not more popular
 
2014-06-24 02:30:13 PM
When I was in college, the ruggers were the finest guys around. I don't mean like good-looking, I mean they were great guys. None of that "hey, she's passed out, let's rape her" stuff from any of them. And I passed out with them many times.

What can I say, I really loved rugby guys. And some of them were good-looking. But I only had carnal knowledge of a few of them. If you're out there, old UGA ruggers--HI
 
2014-06-24 02:35:59 PM
What's the line up? Is the ROI there?
 
2014-06-24 02:40:03 PM
"world grass diving championship"

Love that, subby.
 
2014-06-24 03:00:56 PM

AlgaeRancher: At my college I think the amateur rugby team was larger than the (US) football team.

/no pads either, I am surprised rugby is not more popular


At my college, the amateur rugby team was basically a school-funded drinking club that occasionally brawled with other schools' drinking clubs.
 
2014-06-24 03:05:29 PM

Robo Beat: AlgaeRancher: At my college I think the amateur rugby team was larger than the (US) football team.

/no pads either, I am surprised rugby is not more popular

At my college, the amateur rugby team was basically a school-funded drinking club that occasionally brawled with other schools' drinking clubs.


You say that like it's a bad thing
 
2014-06-24 03:12:01 PM
Wait, since when has there been hookers in Rugby League?
 
2014-06-24 03:29:36 PM

TonnageVT: Wait, since when has there been hookers in Rugby League?


Always. They're the blokes who used to wear number 12, but now wear number 9.
 
2014-06-24 03:30:36 PM
But will it have any biting?
 
2014-06-24 03:35:28 PM
Soccer is more exciting and fun to watch than Rugby League.  Rugby Union, on the other hand...
 
2014-06-24 03:48:11 PM

Mikey1969: "world grass diving championship"

Love that, subby.


Yeah, he musta seen the Italy-Uruguay game too.

/stop biting me, Luis
 
2014-06-24 04:19:50 PM
Can you still feed the second row in League scrums?  When I watched the Aussie League championship a few years ago, the packs barely seemed to hold on to each other, much less push.  Sevens scrums look more hotly contested.

/   I still hook from time to time.  It's the toughest job you'll ever love.
 
2014-06-24 04:21:45 PM
I remember that time I watched Rugby.. man was that a bad evening.
 
2014-06-24 04:53:45 PM

rjakobi: Mikey1969: "world grass diving championship"

Love that, subby.

Yeah, he musta seen the Italy-Uruguay game too.

/stop biting me, Luis


I know nothing about soccer. How long does this freaking World Cup go on, anyway?
 
2014-06-24 05:22:19 PM

Jeet Kune D'oh: Can you still feed the second row in League scrums?  When I watched the Aussie League championship a few years ago, the packs barely seemed to hold on to each other, much less push.  Sevens scrums look more hotly contested.

/   I still hook from time to time.  It's the toughest job you'll ever love.


The scrum in League is really an uncontested artifact of its roots in Rugby Union, which really just gives the feeding team a chance to run a set play.To be honest, as much as I like Union as well as League I can celebrate the difference between the two codes. I like the league approach in league because you don't have to stop the game to pack and re-pack scrums to ensure a fair contest, which I think fits in with the flow of league better than a fully contested scrum would. Though, I'd hate it if Union went to uncontested scrums.

/loved playing both types
//was a second rower, myself
///lineouts are fun when you're 6'4", weigh around 175 lbs (80kgs), and have longer arms than most 6'4" folks.

AdmirableSnackbar: Soccer is more exciting and fun to watch than Rugby League.  Rugby Union, on the other hand...


I actually think League would have a better shot of taking off in the US than Union, just because some of the aspects of it (limited tackles, for example) would make it easier for fans of American Football to follow.
 
2014-06-24 05:53:28 PM

TonnageVT: Wait, since when has there been hookers in Rugby League?


League is a glorified soccer game with hugging

Union is what God intended Rugby to be
 
2014-06-24 09:20:52 PM

NuttierThanEver: TonnageVT: Wait, since when has there been hookers in Rugby League?

League is a glorified soccer game with hugging

Union is what God intended Rugby to be


Jesus. So what your saying is that rugby is the hipster of the sports world?
 
2014-06-24 11:04:17 PM

NuttierThanEver: TonnageVT: Wait, since when has there been hookers in Rugby League?

League is a glorified soccer game with hugging

Union is what God intended Rugby to be


This.

League was invented by people who were afraid to hit or get their uniforms dirty.

/Trying to convince the wife to take a trip to England to watch the US in the actual Rugby World Cup next year.
//Went to the USA-URU qualifying match in Kennesaw, GA.
 
2014-06-25 12:50:06 AM

Evilsmurf: Jeet Kune D'oh: Can you still feed the second row in League scrums?  When I watched the Aussie League championship a few years ago, the packs barely seemed to hold on to each other, much less push.  Sevens scrums look more hotly contested.

/   I still hook from time to time.  It's the toughest job you'll ever love.

The scrum in League is really an uncontested artifact of its roots in Rugby Union, which really just gives the feeding team a chance to run a set play.To be honest, as much as I like Union as well as League I can celebrate the difference between the two codes. I like the league approach in league because you don't have to stop the game to pack and re-pack scrums to ensure a fair contest, which I think fits in with the flow of league better than a fully contested scrum would. Though, I'd hate it if Union went to uncontested scrums.

/loved playing both types
//was a second rower, myself
///lineouts are fun when you're 6'4", weigh around 175 lbs (80kgs), and have longer arms than most 6'4" folks.

AdmirableSnackbar: Soccer is more exciting and fun to watch than Rugby League.  Rugby Union, on the other hand...

I actually think League would have a better shot of taking off in the US than Union, just because some of the aspects of it (limited tackles, for example) would make it easier for fans of American Football to follow.


So...
You are saying Americans are too thick to cope with real rugby?

www.abc.net.au
/actually played both myself
//union is a billionty times better
///better game, better people
 
2014-06-25 12:05:59 PM
I'm sorta into Rugby League and I haven't heard of this event.

From what I can gather from the article, it's a bit like Americans playing hand-egg against Belgium, Bhutan, and Equatorial Guinea.

And as I write Messi becomes only the second Argentine player to score in all three group games at a World Cup.

The commentator didn't mention who was the first, but I'm guessing if it wasn't Maradona it was Batistuta.

And Nigeria immediately equalize. Robert Woodward would be proud.
 
2014-06-25 03:49:43 PM
League is faster, rewards taking chances with the ball, and encourages good offloading skills (because if you don't go down, it doesn't count as a tackle).  There are great aspects to it.

That said, I prefer union.  Without rucks, you're losing at least 2/3 of your chances to knock the fark out of somebody and/or have said fark knocked out of you; ain't that fark-knocking combined with beer-drinking what the sport is all about?  But I think if the sport is really going to catch on in the US, it'll be with sevens.  Faster, more open, over quicker so it appeals to American ADD.   

Evilsmurf, one of our locks is about 200 pounds and 6'8".  Lanky bastich, easy to throw up there.  I'm 5'9" and 200, and too slow to flank, much less play back line.  Hook it is.
 
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