Both have Rugby. I grew up watching both. I love RL my favorite sport. RU is my second. RL is a much more basic game than RU. Its the whole engerland thing people get into. Cricket are rubbish, football is football who else is there
I take tims point I really do. There is though no doubt that the profilication of RU is at the detriment of RL. If RU did not poach players and coaches and develop thier own I would possibly not dis like as much.
Saying that I've met very few RU fans that dis like RL. They either watch it or they don't. Like me and darts.I don't dis like it I just don't watch it.
The fact that large numbers attend these matches proves one thing and one thing only. The majority are not there for the sport, they are there for the occasion, the event, the craic. The game is just a sideshow, to be glanced at when something interesting might be happening, then it's back to having fun and drinking your beer/pimms/g+t.
I keep saying this point. To certain degree it doesn't matter what is on the pitch but what is of it. I have friends who don't know what a knock on is but they still watch.