There's an old saying, with a lot of truth in it: “Football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans, and rugby is a hooligan's game played by gentlemen." Similarly, why is rugby called a gentleman's game? Specifically the Rugby School. The only people who could afford to send their sons to these schools were the upper classes. Hence, 'The ruffian's game played by gentlemen', Union Rugby originated at British public schools which is what they call private schools… go figure.
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A Hooligan’s Game Played by Gentlemen Rugby Is Rugged and Non-Stop By BRIAN DONNELLY Rugby, so the saying goes, is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen. while soccer is a gentlemen’s game played by hooligans. In fact, rugby combines all the physical contact of American football with the non-stop action of soccer. Google Books
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Sevens Rugby is a team comprised of seven players rather than the standard 15. It is a quicker paced game and usually lacks the big burly player and replaces them with a more speed driven, but still big players. As you would assume, the country that has the strongest team is usually New Zealand. They are almost unstoppable nine times out of ten.
Football fans seem more tribal in the way they support and identify with their teams. Rugby fans are rather more dignified and less needy. Read: Pro footballers are prone to depression. There’s an old saying, with a lot of truth in it: “Football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans, and rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen."
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RUGBY: The “gentleman’s game played by hooligans”. Jesse Whiteman, Staff Writer. April 21, 2013. Scrums, rucks, echelons, and a friend by her side, Great Falls High School junior Myranda Kelleher brought her passion to Great Falls: rugby. “People who aren’t educated think it’s football,” Kelleher said about the second most popular sport in the world.
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In England, where the sport of rugby originated, there is an old saying: “Football (soccer) is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans, and rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen.”.
Rugby is a full contact sport.It’s physical, hard-hitting and downright rough.Some say it’s a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen.We beg to differ.28th SEA G...