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Published: Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:10 p.m. MDT

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Idahotransplant
West Jordan, UT

Is there a youth league in Cache Valley? my son wants to play.

wiseacre
Salt Lake City, UT

Idahotransplant - yes there is.

The beauty of this growth, especially in Utah is that it is now commandeering Lacrosse. LAX at one time the growing darling of Utah club sports yet has now fizzled and reached it's peak - - too expensive and LAX does not transcend into other sports like Rugby. Many LAX players are converting to Rugby. Rugby as in Soccer is found worldwide. What are the two fastest growing and most popular sports in the world (excluding American football in the USA - which is still the best sport in my opinion)? Rugby and Soccer.

runnerguy50
Virginia Beach, Va

Good article but after being around the game for over twenty years I get tired of articles talking about how rough the game is and highlighting injuries. Here is a fact or two, rugby is not as dangerous as football because since you don't wear a helmut you don't use your head as a weapon. Rugby's penalties for dangerous tackling are much more severe then football including playing a man down and several week suspension. In closing, rugby when played right is a beautiful game that features endurance speed and agility. The State of Utah has great rugby at many different levels. Appreciate the article !!!

wiseacre
Salt Lake City, UT

runnerguy50 - I agree, less "catastrophic" injuries, but it is a rough sport, no doubt. One thing it teaches, is correct tackling technique of which transfers over to American Football - which could result in less head injuries. I encourage all kids that play American Football to play Rugby in the off-season as a "prep" for football season.

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