but he's not going to play union. Hes going to play American football. And might I say All three games are distinctly different. But American football is the easiest to learn. I played union for 8 years and only recently played league after playing football in HS and I saw immediately that rugby carried over to football and not the other way around. He has the foot skills, ball transition skills, Hes definitely got the conditioning. Hes going to be laughing at all the breaks lol.
I've played Union myself since I was 7. I agree that there are definitely some intriguing things to like. Ball handling and commitment to the tackle are a great start. I guess a lot has to do with perspective, I don't find the rules of Union or League very complicated whereas in football the rules can seem quite blury, sometimes I'm still not sure what a catch is or isn't and the refs seem to have trouble too. I wish I could have played football to experience it myself. Alas, I am way too old now. There also seems way more to learn with formations and the size of playbooks.
I played a little over here later on in NC in my old age, for fun mostly and I get what you say about football players playing rugby, especially with ball handling, kicking and "safe" tackling. However, they tend to make them bigger over here. I think I played behind the largest pack ever over here, LOL. I see American Football as a much more explosive game while Rugby is more aerobic, so yeah, the breaks would be funny, plus he'd only have to play one way.
Obviously the fact that he's a good player already increases his chances but it doesn't seem to me teams have a lot of time to waste developing players. Kickers seem to have the easiest transition. But I could see him as a gunner on special teams, a guy like Steve Tasker. But I don't see him transitioning into a legitmate starter at say WR, S, LB. I think he'd be way too far behind the curve.