“Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly timed a ball in play during a 2000 playoff game. The game lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes, and the ball was in play a total of 12 minutes and 22 seconds (and Reilly admitted to being ‘generous with the stopwatch’)”
They say that baseball requires the hardest skills in American sports. I’ve also heard this argument with hockey and soccer goal keepers.
I think it is hard to argue against the true gamut of physic al taxation that rugby requires of the body. The best players utilize so many skills simultaneously that advanced muscularity is a necessity. I wonder how it stacks up against soccer or tennis?