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Old 05-15-2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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GREG Inglis has received an invitation to trial with NFL clubs Buffalo and Denver as nine rugby league clubs target the Melbourne Storm champ.

As investigators continue their probe into Storm's $1.7 million salary cap breach, the Sunday Herald Sun can reveal the hunt for Inglis's signature has gone offshore.

Up to four American gridiron clubs want to trial the bustling Australian Test centre at three-day camps in September.

With the Storm out of finals contention and Australia's end-of-season Four Nations campaign not beginning until October 23, Inglis would be able to squeeze in a US trip to be assessed by the NFL clubs.

Inglis' manager, Alan Gainey, said he had received an approach from Australian-based NFL scouts even before news of Storm's salary-cap breach.

Inglis is contracted to the Storm until the end of 2012, but with the club facing a purge to get under the salary cap next season, there are fears the 23-year-old could go in the cleanout.

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The Brisbane Broncos have made informal inquiries about Inglis, but OzPunt, an Australian-based organisation, says NFL teams are receptive to the Queensland Origin star flying to the US to test his wares in the rugby league off-season.

"There are definite opportunities for Greg Inglis in the NFL," said OzPunt's Cameron McGillivray.

"We've sent tapes of him to NFL clubs and I know for a fact, if Greg was keen, there would be four clubs who would take him tomorrow.

"If Greg is interested, there is an offer for him to attend a mini-camp, where under NFL rules he would be allowed to trial for three days.

"The Storm won't be in the finals, so he would have the opportunity. The NFL scouts don't know a lot about NRL players unless we alert them, but they've seen footage of Greg and they believe he's an amazing talent who could succeed as a kick returner or a linebacker."

The minimum wage in the NFL is $325,000 and Inglis is understood to earn about $500,000 at the Storm, but McGillivray said Inglis could earn $2 million a season within two years if he was successful.

Inglis's interest in the NFL was piqued in December when he met American boxer Roy Jones Jr, who told the Storm ace he'd be a smash hit in the US.

Gainey said Inglis was committed to the Storm, but had not ruled out an NFL experiment later in his career.

"I've had inquiries from just about every sport, including (the NFL)," Gainey said.

"They've got some scouts out here and a few of the scouts thought Greg would be a sensation in the game.

"It's something that might interest Greg down the track. He'd have time to fly over there this year for a look around and to test himself out, but his preference is to stay at the Storm."
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:11 PM   #2
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Rugby star gets interest from NFL teams

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on May 15, 2010 1:08 PM ET
NFL teams including the Broncos and Bills have expressed some interest in Austrailian rugby star Greg Inglis, according to the Sunday Mail in Australia.

The 23-year-old won the "Golden Boot" award as the best rugby player in the world last year. He likely would just get a tryout, and he seems likely to continue playing rugby for the immediate future.

If Inglis tried to cross over, the 238-pounder would probably try out as a kick returner and linebacker.

"I know for a fact, if Greg was keen, there would be four clubs who would take him tomorrow," said Cameron McGillivray, who works for an Australian Academy that helps prepare players -- mostly kickers and punters -- to prepare for American football.

"They've got some scouts out here and a few of the scouts thought Greg would be a sensation in the game," Melbourne Storm manager Allan Gainey said.

(Thanks to Mac's football blog passing this link along.)
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Hmmmm. The only other team interested are Buffalo?
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:20 PM   #4
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this dude is a beast...and he wouldn't be affraid to go across the middle..those rugby players are crazy
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Article says he would most likely try out as a kick returner and linebacker.
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Rugby or NFL - Who's the better athlete?

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It's an easy trap to fall into, watching Deion Sanders strut over the gridiron field; watching the speedy Warrick Dunn; or watching the power and intensity of Zach Thomas, you wonder, "Man, if we could only get those tremendous athletes on the rugby field, then those Wallabies and All Blacks would be shaking." But are NFL athletes better than those in American rugby to start with? Well, that's certainly hard to measure, but we'll try to make some comparisons.

Strength:
We all hear the stories of NFL players who can bench 500 pounds and squat 600. That is certainly strength in it's own right, and most rugby players will say they won't be able to match that. But there's more to strength than power and size. There's technique, there's intensity, there's knowledge. Just ask Tom Billups. Recently retired Eagle hooker and now the team's fitness instructor, he knows as much about working out for rugby as anyone.
"Speaking with the new national team coach, Duncan Hall, he relayed to me that the Wallabies felt we were as physically strong as any team they had played in the RWC '99. That said, we got pushed badly in the scrums and cut to ribbons in the backline," said Billups.
Then again, the Americans have something to teach rugby players overseas. Many players have learned while in college athletics how to train and prepare for sports in general.
"My own professional playing experiences would reinforce the belief that as Americans, with American sporting experiences, we are better athletes in general," said Billups "This isn't to say that the Carlings and Brookes of the rugby world aren't great athletes, because they certainly are. My point is that we get such a great experience at the university level sportswise, that it benefits us tremendously when we go onto other endeavors. If you play sport in University in America, you are a professional athlete in the way you schedule your time, training, nutrition etc. When I first arrived in London, with the game struggling to realize what it is to be professional, my teammates, who were great rugby players, didn't know what to eat, how much to eat, when to train, when to rest, even what to wear. Imagine the tighty-whitey rugby shorts, a polo shirt with the collar up, and some Englishman who is now a professional player, standing in the gym not having a clue as to what to do. This is where the likes of Luke Gross and Dan Lyle stand out even more than on the rugby field. Luke Gross was one of the fastest and strongest players at the Harlequins. I was the most fit. Luke would win some testing categories and I would win others. Dan Lyle is the strongest man in the gym at Bath, with the best technique, (although I have some work to do with him). Dave Hodges is a complete freak. He eats very clean, strength trains at a high intensity, and runs harder in training than anyone else in Wales now."

Size:
There, for the most part, NFL players win. They are bigger by far than almost any rugby players throughout the world (Os Du Randt excluded). Take Dan Lyle, for example. At 6-4, 245 he is a big man. He possesses tremendous speed and agility for his size, and his huge hands increase his ball handling skills. But he's below average for an NFL tight end (his position in college), where he'd be expected to be about two inches taller. On the lower end, there are players in the NFL who check in at about 5-7 or so, but they are few and far between. On the Eagles of 1999, Tom Billups, Kevin Dalzell, Vaea Anitoni, and Brian Hightower were all 5-8. The NFL minimum for running back is considered to be 5-8, 195. Strangely enough, the Eagles also boast Luke Gross, who at 6-8 would be perhaps too tall for survive the NFL. "If you are fit and skilled you will out-play any big fast football player with no skill," explained Eagle center Juan Grobler. "I have seen countless guys like that, and I always think, 'Oh no, this guy is going to be a handful, but you always get the better of him though experience and skill. Look at the Aussies, those guys are no bigger than the Eagles but possess tremendous skills and knowledge of the game. Tim Horan weighs around 190 pounds and stands about 5-feet-7, yet was the MVP of the 1999 World Cup because of the skills he showed."

Speed:
NFL prospects routinely clock in at 4.4 seconds for the 40-yard dash. Some have claimed 4.2. It's hard to think of any rugby player in the world who could match that (although often the NFL-ers take a running start, which is pretty sleazy). "My 40 time is about a 4.7 or 4.8 -- pretty slow compared to NFL standards," demurred Dalzell, one of the fastest current Eagles. "I would say that athletically we match up in the States pretty well with the rugby players in Europe."

Endurance:
Possibly only cornerbacks and wide receivers can lay any claim to endurance required to play rugby. It's not easy to measure, but rugby players can run farther and last longer than and NFL player (with perhaps some notable exceptions). If you are to measure athleticism, endurance is there, as well. "I think that international rugby players are way fitter aerobically than your average NFL player," confirms Grobler. "You have to be, it is the nature of the game." Adds Hodges, "the strength is probably in favor of the U.S. players as most have a football background and have been lifting since age 14," said Hodges, who runs a 4.8 40-yards and benches 370. "As far as the NFL goes they are a lot stronger, more explosive, and probably generally quicker off the mark. However, their aerobic fitness is not at the level of a Rugby player as they don't need to be able to run for 80 minutes."

Hand-Eye Coordination:
Another one that's difficult to measure, but consider what happens when there's a fumble in an NFL game, and how many of these tremendous athletes flounder around trying to pick up that ball. Now think of any rugby player ... prop, wing, eighteen ... and what you'd expect him to do. Rugby players have better ball skills and better coordination than a large number of football players, and it's only right, since most football players never touch the ball on a regular basis.

So should we be bringing in players who are NFL caliber and molding rugby players out of them? Maybe. Maybe we already are. Lyle has done well, Hodges was quite a football player and Richard Tardits did it professionally. For younger players, look at newly minted Eagle Sinapati Uiagalelei, who is 6'2", 230 lbs and runs a 10.6 100 meters. He's got a football scholarship to UCLA, but we hope to keep him in the older game. But bringing in lots of football players can lead to other problems.
"Where we fall short is in the knowledge and instinct of the game," said Dalzell. "Years of learning correct running lines, etcetera, makes a huge difference. In the US there is plenty of size and strength, but what really matters, I think, is experience at the top level of the game. Hey, if any of those NFL rejects want to play some rugby, give them my number!" That would be 011-33 ...

In the end, though, as Billups points out eloquently, the American experience in college sports can be a huge advantage in the world of rugby. We just have to marry the physical preparation with the mental preparation and development of that magical thing called instinct. Billups once more: "So what we do as Americans, and specifically as Eagles, is continue to refine the groundwork that was laid down years ago, when we were in school. Be consistent, train hard, and be accountable for your performances."

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If some consider Tebow a project at QB...then a rugby player would be chemistry experiment at line-backer.
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:28 PM   #10
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I seriously doubt there is any legitimate debate as far as NFL players being superior pure athletes to Rugby players. As far as Greg Inglis is concerned, he does seem to have NFL caliber athleticism though.
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This would be fun to watch him give it a go in camp. At 6'5" 240 lbs., he could probably line up at H-Back.
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He's got some Gordie Lockbaum written all over him.
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I seriously doubt there is any legitimate debate as far as NFL players being superior pure athletes to Rugby players. As far as Greg Inglis is concerned, he does seem to have NFL caliber athleticism though.
They are incomparable. Rugby requires much more stamina, football requires explosiveness and strength.
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A position that is never used in McD's system.
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Seems like a waste of time to me. Who wants some guy that's never played football before? And why would the best rugby player in the world suddenly decide to play some sport he probably never heard of until five years ago? Don't see a whole lot of linebackers returning kicks, either.
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I don't know about LB. I think you'd want to get the ball in his hands. I wonder what his 40 time would be. He could be another Brandon Marshall type WR. He'd dominate smaller CB's.
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That guy is fast and has an amazing stiff arm. He makes the other team look like scrubs.
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Seems like a waste of time to me. Who wants some guy that's never played football before? And why would the best rugby player in the world suddenly decide to play some sport he probably never heard of until five years ago? Don't see a whole lot of linebackers returning kicks, either.
You ever hear of this thing called money that a lot of people in the world do some crazy things for?
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This dude is ****ing 6 foot 5 and fast as ****. He's 108 kg which is about 238 pounds. He's basically got a Brandon Marshall body when it comes to weight and height. He plays in a sports without pads and helmets. He's a star in his own sport. As in he got the equivalent of the MVP trophy... ****ing get this guy on the squad ASAP. I love what I see so far. Lets see if he can run routs though.

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We'll sign him or Westbrook tomorrow because it's Sunday and we always make roster news on Sunday.

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Big difference between running around in shorts and football equipment.
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I don't quite see people tackling him as well...

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