Thread: Great Britain: Hockey in Britain part 3
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03-02-2013, 03:57 PM
Darren Peng
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Originally Posted by HabsByTheBay View Post
Completely disagree. Rugby takes a lot of game theory and knowledge to play well. The minor nations like the USA have tended to have the athletes but don't do well because their guys just don't have the incisive knowledge of the game. I grew up in the US and played rugby instead of football, so I was "fluent" in the game. There were many opportunities where I took advantage of my ex-gridiron opponents because my mind was that half-second quicker to spot something as compared to an ex-gridiron player trying to translate that situation in his mind.

You can see that in the US vs. Canada. Canada's athletes are less impressive than the US's athletes but they usually beat us at rugby because rugby is more popular there and their players start playing at 10-12 years old while many US players don't pick up the game until college.

Sevens a bit different, it's not really rugby most of the time. Carlin Whatshisname is nice, but what he's doing in rugby is like winning a slam dunk contest and saying you can play basketball.
I know everything about the cognitive aspect of rugby, of course you can't do it at the pro level, but I am talking at early ages here and how easy it is compared to hockey. A kid can just show up and play for his school team or local rugby club having never played a game before and be a decent effective player if he's fast and/or strong. I remember playing for my school team we had a new kid who was massive, he was like 6'6" at age 15, he had never played before but we put him on the team anyway and I told him "Right I'm going to pass you the ball and you are just going to run in a straight line and score" and nobody could stop him.

Compare that to hockey, you can't just jump straight into a team. Even kids who can already skate have to go through learn to play or "rookies" as it was at my club for a good amount of time (generally older players were there longer) before the coaches would bring you up to the proper team, and even then it was the team in the B league, and when you made the team, you would ride the pine.

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