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Why don't rugby players wear helmets like NFL players?

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Football is a deadly rough sport without pads. Rugby is just rough without pads. The reason is, as another answerer said, is that play is often moving backwards. read more

Although helmets were not compulsory in college football until 1939, and the NFL in 1943, and bare-headed players were common right up to that time. In rugby, blocking to protect the ball carrier wasn’t legal and scrummaging and mauling were of a more compact, controlled nature than the US line of scrimmage. read more

for protection. Take a look at the guys in the NFL. They are way bigger, way faster, and way stronger than rugby players. We're talking about guys weighing 330+ lbs on the defensive line. Even with those pads, head injuries are common and some people have been paralyzed or died from injuries. It's a very dangerous and violent game. read more

So while Football and Rugby players looked almost identical 50 + years ago the NFL player has evolved to the point where they look almost closer to the Fox Sports robot than a modern man. Most Western sports will only accept change if it's absolutely necessary. read more

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