he played american football up through college actually, and being american and playing with football converts i can say that football practices are so ingrained in the players heads that often its hard to get them to open up and flow with rugby play
this stuff is really becoming the mainstay in the U.S at least at high level college play. i can say that scrumming on it can actually be easier, esp if the beading is a full as it is meant to be because you can really grip into it though at speed it can become slick in the rain. also if they dont take proper sanitation into account then we will see lots of players out with staff infections. it also does still eat up your skin when u slide on it. also the beads suck for rugby when you get trapped at the bottom of a ruck. i swear ive had a few under my eyelids over the years and everywhere else imaginable. »
as a american it was great seeing zee on here for fastest but a bit bummed that todd clever wasnt listed as a big hitter. i know he isnt seen much playing in japan but during the world cup even "plays of the week" loved him and showed it seemed at least a hit or two from every game. it seems watching him that every hit he makes leaves an impact.