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Monday, January 08, 2018
In Praise of Rugby
Tackles, collisions, players running into each other at full speed... rugby is a combat sport. There is certainly more contact than in football, although according to the old English saying: "football is a game for gentlemen played by ruffians, while rugby is a game for ruffians played by gentlemen." If there is something that distinguishes rugby, it is the attitude ofrespect in the sport. You can see a referee who measures maybe a metre seventy telling this guy who is nearly two metres tall and weighs more than a hundred kilos "you've committed a foul, retreat ten metres" and the other man never complains. This attitude also exists between any two sets of fans, something that is related to the sport's concern with values. This can also be seen on the stands. When you go into a rugby stadium, there is a very warm atmosphere and there are never any insults; it's a very healthy feeling. Related articles: Rugby vs fútbol, by John Carlin Perder, por Bruno López