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The similarities and differences between rugby and football

Fall and winter are prime seasons for scholastic athletes. Two of the more popular sports fans can enjoy this time of year include rugby and American football. These games share many similarities, but they also have some notable differences.

American football is played in many parts of the world, but it is most popular in the United States. Conversely, rugby is more internationally recognized and played in more countries than football. Rugby is perhaps most popular in areas of northwestern Europe and portions of the southern hemisphere with ties to Great Britain.

Both sports involve carrying a ball over the opposing team’s goal line. In football this is known as a touchdown. Football teams also can score points by kicking the ball between the goal posts, which is known as a field goal. In rugby, the ball must not only be carried beyond the touch line, but then placed down, called a try. Points also can be scored by kicking the ball, known as a conversion, drop goal or penalty kick depending on the circumstances.


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