Rugby Has Lessons for the Two Other Types of Football

Rugby does a better job at safety and civility than American football and soccer.

Heading for pain.

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On Sunday evening, almost 90,000 fans turned out at London's Wembley Stadium to see Ireland defeat Romania by 44-10 in the Rugby World Cup, an attendance record for the tournament. There's a lot that two of the world's other most popular sports could learn from the rugby competition; America's brand of football could use some education in how to stop its players from injuring their brains, while the world of soccer is badly in need of lessons in manners, civility and respect.

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