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    The dominant code in Australia

    A quick fast forward, rugby league is THE dominant code in Australia, forget AFL, then there is football and union comes in a distant fourth. As Union has gone professional the standards in the south have followed those of rugby league.
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    Not true at all.

    AFL has greatest numbers of attendance week in and week out.

    AFL has greatest spread of the game.

    AFL has highest Grand Final attendance.

    Soccer has greatest participation rates (guess all this mums wanna try and protect their boys)

    League is a Sydney/Brisbane thing. End of story.

    Some numbers here.

    Battle of the codes: Australia's four sports leagues compared - interactive | News | theguardian.com

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    Dave Inchy claims it Horse code?

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    That link says 71,000 more people watch League over AFL on tv.

    So League is the no 1 game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baconandeggs View Post
    That link says 71,000 more people watch League over AFL on tv.

    So League is the no 1 game.
    For couch potatoes. And that's the only metric that has league higher. Thanks for playing Abbey.

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    I notice that in the 8 states and territories AFL is the game of choice in 5 of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx View Post
    I notice that in the 8 states and territories AFL is the game of choice in 5 of them.
    Indeed it is.

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    Interesting post KW.

    now if one includes that Australia is merely the western island of NZ or that least NZ economically the most important state...and one were to include NZ in those figures...then the moot stands with a slight amendment...NRL is the major sport in Australasia.

    I noted the Barrassi line with some interest...on the west of that line apart from Melbourne the population is kangaroos, rabbits, sheep, dingos and people that go outside to watch planes land(because they have nothing else to do

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    Could it be that as AFL is a nonsense glorified version of homoerotic kiss chase, that the Guardian reporter decided that it didn't count as a sport any more than cottaging does?

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    As a bit of an education for our less enlightened readers, here is a brief explanation of what AFL is all about.





    Edit: When I sent this video to an American friend of mine he remarked, those guys are like gladiators. He was very impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx View Post
    As a bit of an education for our less enlightened readers, here is a brief explanation of what AFL is all about.





    Edit: When I sent this video to an American friend of mine he remarked, those guys are like gladiators. He was very impressed.
    Fixed that for you.

    Come back when AFL is a game that other countries play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Come back when AFL is a game that other countries play.

    Aussie Rules is making inroads in the USA as well as New Zealand.

    So therefor ...... I'm back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Come back when AFL is a game that other countries play.

    Aussie Rules is making inroads in the USA as well as New Zealand.

    So therefor ...... I'm back.
    Ahh well then - that's good then. Where does AFL sit in the US sport pecking order? Just behind Extreme Frisbee?

    Actually AFL is alright. Better than league!

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    ^ I don't know, but this is what I found from a quick Google. I'm not going to bother reading it, but I'm guessing that since the United States has a AFL footy league that they must be taking it seriously.

    https://usafl.com/

    and this from Wikipedia.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austra..._United_States

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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx View Post
    ^ I don't know, but this is what I found from a quick Google. I'm not going to bother reading it, but I'm guessing that since the United States has a AFL footy league that they must be taking it seriously.

    https://usafl.com/

    and this from Wikipedia.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austra..._United_States
    well it will be from all the Aussie roustabouts who went their to work I expect. A league in the US means nowt - I would think that it would be more promising if is was in the college system.

    Anyway, from the wiki...

    In 2004, there were 855 senior players in 38 active clubs.[7] By 2006, the league had grown to 40 affiliated clubs, with 1,048 were registered USAFL players and 340 USAFL sanctioned matches were played. Of the 709 players who competed at the USAFL National Championships, 77.4% were non-Australian, and over 60% were American.[8]

    The 2007 AFL International Census did not indicate any growth to these figures over 2006.[9] The club numbers decreased to 32 in 2011, but player registrations remained at approximately 1,000
    1000 people out of 300,000,000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx View Post
    When I sent this video to an American friend of mine he remarked, those guys are like gladiators. He was very impressed.
    I was also very impressed by the few games I have seen on tv. Seems to me that AFL requires great fitness and handling/kicking skills.
    For our Aussie mates: do players successfully change between AFL and Union or vv ?(don't know where's there's more money to be earned.)
    Do any of the Aussie squad in England have an AFL background?
    I remember once there was a lot of excitement before a Varsity match because an American Football Superstar was playing. He was very mediocre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eceg
    American Football Superstar was playing. He was very mediocre.
    They are nothing without the pads, helmet, and 40 minutes breaks every 2 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eceg
    Do any of the Aussie squad in England have an AFL background?
    Israel Folau...but he was no rock star at the game. I admit it is a very tough athletic and skilful game, but in my limited knowledge it thrives on the almost religious status it has among its followers south of the NSW border and the spectacle it provides live. It doesn't transfer to TV, neither does rugby union.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eceg View Post
    For our Aussie mates: do players successfully change between AFL and Union or vv ?(don't know where's there's more money to be earned.)

    No, only a couple of rugby league players have tried to switch codes to AFL but without any success. I don't know if any AFL players have tried to go the other way.

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    I'd rater jam my cock in a car door, than watch a game of aerial ping pong.


    Just saying.....



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    I think such activities are so that the less intellectual may be herded into pens called 'grounds' to be identified for futther processing.They like local cops here pay for their unforms of vests and scarves and rattles and badges ,caps and shorts ,bumper stickers etc

    Fortunately it is not difficult to identify these special needs folks and hopefully FIFA's cure will be along soon, for those too slow to play wugger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bayliss View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by eceg
    Do any of the Aussie squad in England have an AFL background?
    Israel Folau...but he was no rock star at the game. I admit it is a very tough athletic and skilful game, but in my limited knowledge it thrives on the almost religious status it has among its followers south of the NSW border and the spectacle it provides live. It doesn't transfer to TV, neither does rugby union.
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    For our Aussie mates: do players successfully change between AFL and Union or vv ?(don't know where's there's more money to be earned.) Quote

    No, only a couple of rugby league players have tried to switch codes to AFL but without any success. I don't know if any AFL players have tried to go the other way. Quote


    Thanks, Mates.
    Folau doesn't really have a AFL background; he was a League star with a short and unsuccessful stint in the AFL.
    I guess it's a sort of tribal loyalty and rivalry that prevents more exchange between the codes. Folau was criticised as "mercenary" for switching codes.
    Also, why would a AFL player risk getting his bones crunched by playing rugby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eceg
    Folau was criticised as "mercenary" for switching codes.
    The AFL threw heaps of money at him and Carmichael Hunt to switch codes. They are desperate to get into the rugby league heartlands of West Sydney and Queensland. They are dreaming if it wasn't for the economic refugees from south of the border there would be no interest in the game.

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    Yeah, Australia is bigger than the East coast,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    Australia is bigger than the East coast
    Sure is. Needs to be for all those dingos, kangaroos, rabbits, sheep and people that go outside to watch planes land

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