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Sports fanatics from the United States are in awe of the NRL and in particular its massive tackles.
SportsCenter, which is part of American sports broadcasting giants ESPN, recently posted a highlights package of NRL big hits on their social media channels - and it went off!
The viral Instagram carousel video was conveniently captioned: "THESE HITS ARE INSANE".
And in 48 hours, the clip notched up a whopping 304,000 views and over 4,000 comments with sports die-hards frantically tagging their friends.
Unsurprisingly, the comments section was flooded with U.S. sports tragics who were mind-blown by the sheer physicality of the game.
One fan commented: "Rugby is no joke."
While another replied: "Finally rugby getting some love."
And one said: "Seeing them holding on to the ball after getting hit that hard is just as impressive."
"These games need more air time," another comment read.
While most were impressed with the monster tackles that the NRL's very best had to offer, others used the footage to shine a spotlight on the US's own version of a physically-demanding sport - American football.
The NFL is undoubtedly one of the toughest competitions on the planet, but even the U.S. fans couldn't help but acknowledge the athleticism of the NRL stars.
"To all the people saying this is illegal, you're just mad because this is better than American football," one supporter said in the comments section of SportsCenter's video.
While another added: "I need to get into rugby league, I only watch (American) football."
To which a fan responded: "And NFL players think they're tough..."
And while some small similarities can be drawn between the two sports, the main difference lies in the contrasting apparels.
In rugby league, no shoulder pads or protective clothing is worn during matches - unless players decide to wear headgear, of course.
And its this aspect of Australia's number one game that seems to have U.S. sports-lovers most interested.
One user commented: "Americans be like 'woah no pads'."
While another pointed out: "Without body armour too."
Featured Image Credit: NRL
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