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Local Footballers Hit the Rugby Pitch

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YAKIMA, Wash. - When a football player hits the gridiron, they are likely to take their share of hits, bumps and bruises. Some consider it the toughest sport out there.
The Yakima Griffins Rugby Team begs to differ.
"In football, you have a lot more breaks, a lot more time to collect your thoughts," said team member Tommy St. George. "What I do like about rugby is that it's always constant go-go-go."
it's the first year the club has existed. Most of the Griffin players came from playing high school football in the Fall to rugby this Spring.  One of the toughest parts of teaching rugby ... is getting football out of the players heads.
"The first day of training I said you're learning rugby," said Coach Jonathan Douglas. "You're not playing a game like football, you're playing rugby."
Besides the obvious benefits to their fitness, Coach Douglas and his players say rugby has its hidden gifts.
"The brotherhood you get in playing rugby, nothing else compares to it," said Douglas. "These guys are gonna know each other for years to come."