As the World Cup begins in England,
more football coaches stateside look to rugby to improve tackling


By Jonathan Clegg
Sept. 15, 2015 12:41 p.m. ET
For most Americans, the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off Friday, is a strange curiosity.
Here’s a sport that looks a little like the NFL. But with no helmets, no pads and no forward passes, it is more reminiscent of the earliest days of American football, when the game amounted to little more than mud wrestling over a pig bladder.
Yet despite rugby’s primeval appearance and violent reputation, some of football’s most forward-thinking coaches say it is actually light years ahead when it comes to one of the few skills these sports still have in common: the art of tackling.
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