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A fledgling rugby league hunts for athletes NFL might have overlooked
A fledgling rugby league hunts for athletes NFL might have overlooked

No doubt, rugby is on the rise. The seven-man version is now an Olympic sport, and a pro circuit is brewing here on the sunny side of the pond. A smash-mouth sport for a smashed and mouthy nation. Good fit, right? Rugby, start your engines. Let's see if I have this straight: The hooker gives the ball to the 8-man, who flips it to the scrum-half? Yep, you have the right country, all right. You want to recruit oversized speedsters for a felonious, hard-nosed sport, you could do a lot worse than reaching out to the United States, where some 100,000 athletes already play the game ... just not the very best ones. Elite athletes with 4.3 speed and dazzling agility tend to invest...

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