Oh I recognise that collision based activities have their admirers. What I was getting at was running into another person doesn't generate anywhere close that a moment of genius would. If either Rugby code had more moments of skill that would generate more interest and in turn would get more folk interested.
I think you are being fairly reasonable here and not coming across as a RL basher but you are seriously doing RL a disservice. I grew up as a football fan in the 70's and we had players like Pele (just about), Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Best (just about) etc etc. We would go out and try to copy them as you say. They were brilliant players and that 1974 WC still is up there in my memory. .
But I have seen pieces of skill on the RL field that are equally breathtaking and skillful, just different. Just because some people see it as just blokes bashing into each other, doesn't mean they are right.
Regards breathtaking skill, its a common occurrence on a football pitch and you only need to search on YouTube to see a plethora of skill based vids on footballers. They are a dime a dozen. As I said the one rare moment of skill in Rugby from O'Driscoll got over a million hits.
Edited by D Collins, 17 July 2014 - 04:05 PM.