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Trump explains why he mixes up Haley and Pelosi, says the Democrat is ‘a little bit smarter’

Former President Trump attacked his Republican opponent Nikki Haley on Saturday, claiming that former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is “a little bit” smarter than her.

Trump addressed an enthusiastic crowd in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday night, days before the Super Tuesday votes are scheduled to take place. 

Earlier on Saturday, Trump won the Idaho, Missouri, and Michigan Republican contests. Speaking to a crowd of supporters in the evening, the former president lamented about media coverage of his statements referring to President Biden as “President Obama.”

Trump maintained that he refers to Biden as “Obama” intentionally. He also acknowledged that he has mixed up Haley, who he calls “Birdbrain,” with Pelosi.

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“I purposely mix up a name, like Birdbrain… you know who Birdbrain is, right, Nikki, with Nancy Pelosi,” he began.

“I put them in because they’re interchangeable in my mind,” Trump added. “Except I have to say, I shouldn’t say this about a semi-Republican, but I think Pelosi’s probably a little bit smarter, actually.”

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In January, Haley said that Trump was not “mentally fit” for office after he referred to Pelosi as Haley during a speech.

“Last night Trump is at a rally and he’s going on and on, mentioning me multiple times as to why I didn’t take security during the Capitol riots. Why I didn’t handle Jan. 6 better. I wasn’t even in D.C. on Jan. 6. I wasn’t in office then,” Haley said during a January rally in Keene, New Hampshire.

“They’re saying he got confused, that he was talking about something else, he’s talking about Nancy Pelosi. He mentioned me multiple times in that scenario.”

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Fox News Digital reached out to the Haley campaign for comment.

Fox News Digital’s Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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Farmers warn perfect storm could be pushing United States into food crisis

American liberals who join their global counterparts in applauding the acclaim of “sustainability,” among other interests, are ignoring the damage their policies are already wreaking on U.S. agriculture, farmers told Fox News.

While nationwide organizations like the FFA are going strong and statewide affairs like the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show and Iowa State Fair continue to draw exhibitors and guests alike, beneath the surface are troubling signs, two guests on  “The Ingraham Angle” warned this week.

Globalist “green” policies as well as inflation and rising costs have led to thinner herds, and in some instances, foreclosure or shuttering of farms altogether, bringing with them a potential domestic food crisis, they said.

“Farmers are going out of business every day,” said John Boyd Jr., founder of the Black Farmers of America.

“What’s happening is America’s beef cattle producers are depleting their herds. So they’re not having more calves so they can multiply.”

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Boyd said there has been a one billion pound decrease in U.S. beef production over the past year, warning it is an impending crisis that every American could discover one day at their grocer or butcher.

He noted the feds are keen on financially aiding farmers abroad, particularly in war-torn Ukraine, but have done little to help American agriculture.

“We have farmers facing foreclosure. And the USDA will not stop farm foreclosures in this country for direct loans, guaranteed loans and other agricultural lenders,” he said.

“And I’ve made that request on your network many times,” added Boyd, who previously but unsuccessfully dipped his toe in the political waters himself in 2000, when he faced off as a Democrat against then-Rep. Virgil Goode, I-Va.

Boyd, who farms soybeans, grain and cattle in Boydton, Va., a small community between South Boston and South Hill, warned Black farmers like himself are “facing extinction,” with the combination of adverse public policy and higher input costs.

He cited the spike in diesel fuel over the past few years as one example of a financial crunch facing tracts like his.

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“This is why farmers can’t stay on the farm,” he said, adding the Biden administration has failed to properly address issues facing American ag.

Additionally, host Laura Ingraham pointed to news stories like a recent PBS expose on what it described as problematic methane emissions from cattle and their “high-fiber diet.”

The public broadcaster went on to claim that makes beef “one of the least climate-friendly” food sources.

She also pointed to Biden Climate Czar John Kerry, a former Massachusetts Democratic senator who said in recent comments abroad that agriculture purportedly contributes to one-third of all harmful emissions, which the host said suggests a global push to shrink the emissions, and thereby shrink the ag sector itself.

Ingraham reported that, in her words, the U.S. cattle population has not been this low since Kerry was infamously testifying before Congress about the Vietnam War in the early 1970s – and that the negative repercussions of elites’ policies are “what they want.”

Shad Sullivan, a rancher in Olney, a small town south of Wichita Falls, Texas, said globalism is indeed the overarching issue.

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“It’s the global elites — claiming that climate change is ruining the world and that we must implement sustainability: which is just production and consumption control across the world,” Sullivan said.

“We see it going on all over — because of this, we’re becoming vertically integrated, in our system. The beef cattle industry is the last bastion of freedom.”

He said it is therefore time to fittingly “take the bull by the horns” and stop global elites from implementing sustainability regulations that would cripple Western agriculture – particularly ripping claims that cattle are a danger to the world.

He warned that corporate agricultural interests have already invested resources in studying consumption of insects including crickets as a potential replacement for purportedly dangerous beef and pork – citing a report that chicken titan Tyson Foods earlier this month invested in a Dutch insect ingredient maker.

However, in comments to CNN, Tyson CFO John Tyson said the company’s focus is more on “ingredient application with insect protein” rather than “consumer application.”

Sullivan later added such problems are however, “liberty and freedom issue[s]. And that’s where we have to focus on. We have to stop this,” he said.

Border Patrol union sends scorching message about Biden’s trip to Texas

The Border Patrol union mocked President Biden on Saturday for his trip to the Texas border this week.

“Board AF1, take nap. Wake up in place called Brownsville,” the union wrote on X, formerly Twitter, in a joke itinerary of his day, along with a photo of Biden resting in a beach lounge chair. “Read large teleprompter message, ‘It’s all Trump’s fault.’ Board AF1, ask who people in green uniforms were, told they ‘strap’ illegal aliens, express horror, take nap. Wake up, call a lid, hit beach, take nap.”

While in Brownsville on Thursday, Biden lamented that the bipartisan immigration bill failed to pass in the Senate, blaming Trump for using it as a political issue. Many Republicans have expressed their opposition to the bill, which they say doesn’t do enough. 

“The majority of Democrats and Republicans in both houses support this legislation,” Biden said in Brownsville, “until someone came along and said don’t do that that’ll benefit the incumbent. That’s a hell of a way to do business in America for such a serious problem.”

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The president faces increasing scrutiny over his handling of the border as the Border Patrol continues to report a record number of migrant encounters. 

In December alone, there were more than 300,000 encounters – an all-time record. 

The issue also threatens to hurt Biden politically ahead of November’s presidential election. 

Trump was also at the border in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Thursday which he said is “being overrun by the Biden migrant crime,” invoking the murder of Georgia student Laken Riley allegedly by a Venezuelan migrant last week. 

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“The parents are devastated and they’re incredible people,” Trump said. “This is a Joe Biden invasion. A Biden invasion. I call him crooked Joe… the most incompetent president we’ve ever had.” 

Biden and his administration have sought to shift the blame for the crisis onto the shoulders of Republicans. The administration says that it is working with a broken system that needs significantly more funding and comprehensive immigration reform. It introduced a bill on Biden’s first day in office that included a mass amnesty for millions of migrants already in the U.S., which was immediately rejected by Republicans.

Republicans in the House introduced and passed legislation of their own that would fund more Border Patrol agents, resume wall construction, restart the Remain-in-Mexico policy and severely limit the ability of migrants to claim asylum.

The Border Patrol union frequently mocks the president over illegal immigration. 

The organization wrote in part on X on Friday, “Wasn’t it Biden who encouraged people from all over the world to ‘surge the border’? Didn’t Biden immediately void all the successful Trump EO’s that were keeping our border under control? Didn’t he publicly and viciously accuse BP agents of criminal assault, then told the world ‘those people will pay’, and the entire thing was made up BS? Has he apologized or taken responsibility for any of it, or asked forgiveness from the victims of some of the millions of illegal aliens he imported into this country?”

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And before Biden went to the border, the group posted, “Attention President Biden: Keep our name out of your mouth today.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report. 

‘He started as a charmer’: Former NBA prospect sentenced to 90 years in prison

After being in custody nearly 3½ years, a former professional basketball player will be spending the rest of his life in prison.

Rashid Byrd, who played in the NBA D-League and overseas, was sentenced to 90 years to life for a series of violent sexual assaults.

Byrd was arrested by Los Angeles Police in 2020, after they investigated a victim’s report that she was assaulted by Byrd the previous year.

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That investigation found Byrd was also convicted of sexual assault in 2010 and arrested for a sexual assault in Washington in 2005.

“He started as a charmer, playing up his status as an athlete and pseudo-celebrity, but that quickly faded into rapes and violence,” said Det. Dara Brown, the lead investigator on the case.

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“The LAPD is grateful for the brave women who came forward to tell their stories,” Brown added. “While this investigation has gone on for years, we are thankful that Byrd is no longer on the streets.”

Byrd, who stands at 7-foot-1, signed contracts with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings but never appeared in an NBA game. He played in 19 games for the Lakers’ D-League affiliate in the 2008-09 season.

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Byrd also appeared in the Will Ferrell hit “Semi-Pro.”

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Gun rights groups pounce after Republican launches bid to take McConnell’s place in Senate

Gun Owners Of America came out swinging against Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, after he entered the race to succeed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Aidan Johnston, Gun Owners Of America’s (GOA) Federal Affairs Director, said tCornyn has failed to stand firm on conservative values and has instead, compromised with Democrats on gun control bills.

“Every time gun control gains steam in Congress, Senator John Cornyn is right there working with Democrats on a ‘compromise.’ That isn’t conservative leadership, it’s capitulation!,” Johnston said. 

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The GOA said that Sen. Cornyn’s record on gun rights makes him “wholly unfit” to become the Senate minority leader.

“In the eyes of gun owners and all those who treasure our liberties, the traitor from Texas’ record makes him wholly unfit to lead Republicans in the Senate,” Johnston said.

The conservative gun rights group said Cornyn has helped pass a series of bills that are “gross infringements” on the Second Amendment.

The GOA pointed to Cornyn over the Safer Communities Act, which he cosponsored with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy in 2022.

The bill incentivizes states to pass extreme risk protection laws, also called “red flag” laws, that allow members of the public and law enforcement to petition the courts for a civil order to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms for fear that person might do violence. 

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After gun rights advocates raised Second Amendment concerns, Congress included requirements that states applying for federal grants to implement red flag laws include certain due process protections.

“Sen. Cornyn is responsible for helping pass the so-called Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that, among other things, bribes states to enact ‘red-flag’ gun confiscation laws, creates a national de facto wait period for young adults to buy a gun, and creates a backdoor ATF rule to eliminate the private sale of firearms,” Johnston said. “These are gross infringements on the Second Amendment.”

“The best thing Senator Cornyn could do for gun rights is join Mitch McConnell in retirement,” he said.

Another conservative group, the National Association for Gun Rights, also came out against Cornyn’s bid to replace McConnell. 

“Cornyn is the most anti-gun Republican in Congress,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “His sponsorship of ‘Fix NICS’ and proud role in passing the largest gun control bill in decades (Biden’s so-called Bipartisan Safer Communities Act) is repulsive to law-abiding gun owners.”

“When the most anti-gun President in history calls an anti-gun Republican ‘rational’ that should set off alarm bells in every law-abiding gun owners’ head,” Brown added.

The gun groups’ statements on Sen. Cornyn came after McConnell, 82, announced Wednesday that he plans to step away from leadership after becoming the longest-serving party leader in Senate history.

“I am asking my Republican colleagues to give me the opportunity to succeed Leader McConnell,” said Cornyn, 72, in a statement released Thursday.  

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In the developing pool of potential successors, Cornyn is frequently mentioned as one of the “three Johns” likely to next lead the conference. The other two are Sens. John Thune, R-S.D. and John Barrasso, R-Wyo. 

Sen. Cornyn’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.

Experts spill on why you shouldn’t drink coffee right after waking up

Coffee in the morning is a ritual for many people — but is it ever too early in the a.m. to indulge?

Brewing a cup or a pot of coffee as soon as you wake up might not give you the biggest energy boost throughout the day, according to sleep experts. 

Dr. Deborah Lee, a U.K.-based doctor, said in a statement to Fox News Digital that drinking coffee first thing in the morning might not be the best bet. 

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“When you wake up, your stress hormone cortisol level, which is a hormone that enhances alertness and focus, as well as regulates your metabolism and immune system response, is at its peak,” said Lee, who works with bed manufacturer Get Laid Beds.

“Elevated levels of cortisol may impact your immune system, and if they’re already at their peak when waking up, drinking coffee as soon as your eyes open may do more harm than good, and may even make you immune to caffeine over a long period of time,” Lee added.

Cortisol follows a rhythm “specific to your own sleeping cycle,” the expert said, peaking within 30 to 45 minutes of waking up and slowly declining throughout the day.

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“That explains why you may peak in the morning and get more tired at night,” she noted.

Taking this rhythm into consideration, Lee suggested that the best time to have caffeine would be at least 45 minutes after waking up, when “your cortisol rhythm starts to dip.”

“The best time to drink coffee would typically be mid-to-late morning, when your cortisol is a lot lower and you start to feel that energy slump,” she said. 

“But of course, not too late in the afternoon — as it could affect your sleep.”

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Someone who wakes up at around 7 a.m., for example, might wait until around 10 a.m. or noon to have the first cup of coffee, “when your body and mind will appreciate it the most, and you’ll get the most benefits from the caffeine,” Lee said.

A different take 

Dr. Wendy Troxel, a Utah-based sleep expert and senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, had a different take on the matter. Delaying caffeine might not actually make a difference, she told Fox News Digital.

“There really is no scientific evidence that having caffeine first thing in the morning versus delaying it for a couple of hours after awakening has any differential effects on alertness,” she said. 

Troxel suggested that coffee drinkers should experiment with what works best for them.

“For some people, waking up and having a glass of water to rehydrate and then having coffee works well — but for others, the morning ritual of having a cup of coffee first thing upon awakening is just too good to give up,” she said. 

“So, I think it’s mostly a matter of personal preference.”

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Since caffeine works by “blocking sleep-promoting receptors in your brain called adenosine receptors,” Lee said that people who drink coffee too late in the day may struggle to sleep at night.

“However, this is different for different people, and only you know your own caffeine tolerance,” she said.

The average half-life of caffeine is around six hours, according to Troxel, but it can remain in the body for up to 10 hours.

“Given that caffeine is a stimulant, it can powerfully disrupt sleep if consumed too late in the day,” she said. 

To reduce the likelihood of disrupted sleep, Lee recommended avoiding it within eight hours of bedtime. 

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“That means if your bedtime is 10 p.m., you should consume caffeine no later than 2 p.m. — but if you’re someone who is strongly affected by caffeine, you want to back that time up even earlier,” she said.

“Try switching to herbal teas if you need a hot drink to stay warm, or decaf to trick yourself into thinking you’re getting your caffeine fix,” she suggested.

Troxel mentioned that there is “substantial evidence” that drinking coffee earlier in the day and in moderation — about one to two cups per day — is associated with “increased alertness and energy, better concentration, better performance and reduced risk of certain chronic diseases.”

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“However, excessive amounts of coffee, or coffee (and other caffeinated products) consumed later in the day can lead to negative side effects, including anxiety, jitters, rapid heart rate and insomnia,” Troxel added.

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Opposing players immediately call for help after attempt at diving catch takes terrible turn

There was a scary moment in the Grapefruit League Saturday when a player had to be carted off the field after he tried to rob a home run.

In Fort Myers, the Boston Red Sox were hosting the Washington Nationals in spring training action, and Daylen Lile was making his first appearance of the spring.

Lile was playing right field for the Nationals when Tyler Miller crushed a fly ball toward the right-center field gap at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers.

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Miller’s blast cleared the wall, but not without a valiant effort by Lile to record an out. The 21-year-old leaped to try to rob Miller of a solo shot, but he flipped over the wall instead.

Lile looked like Torii Hunter during David Ortiz’s famous game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS. The spring training park is a replica of Fenway, and the low outfield wall in right tends to do that to outfielders who try to rob homers.

However, the situation quickly became serious when Red Sox relievers in the bullpen almost immediately called on medical personnel.

Through a crack in the outfield wall that opens up, Lile could be seen rolling around in the bullpen.

The game was delayed several minutes, and Lile was placed on a stretcher with a neck brace on the warning track.

After the game, Nats manager Dave Martinez said Lile was transported to a hospital for a CT scan of his lower back and had movement in his arms and legs. Lile gave a thumbs-up to the crowd while leaving the field.

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“When you see someone go over the wall like that, and you don’t see them get up, then everyone in the bullpen started calling like that, you think, ‘Oh no,’” said Martinez. “You just hope he didn’t hit his head, his neck. All these things go through your mind.”

Lile was drafted by the Nats in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft, playing 19 games of rookie ball that year. He missed the entire 2022 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and split last year between low- and high-A ball.

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He hit .291 with an .891 OPS in 66 low-A games, but struggled to adjust at the next level. In 40 high-A games, he slashed .234/.310/.357.

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Proposed bill would clear path for illegal migrants to get first time homebuyer loans

Joaquin Arambula, a Democratic assemblyman from California, introduced Assembly Bill 1840 earlier this year, which could create an alternative way for illegal immigrants to achieve homeownership.

The bill is set to expand eligibility criteria for a state loan program to expand these loans to include undocumented migrants that are first-time buyers.

Arambula’s update to the bill states, “an applicant under the program shall not be disqualified solely based on the applicant’s immigration status.”

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“It’s that ambiguity for undocumented individuals, despite the fact that they’ve qualified under existing criteria, such as having a qualified mortgage [that] underscores the pressing need for us to introduce legislation,” Arambula told the LA Times.

The bill focuses on the California Dream for All Shared Appreciation Loans program, which launched spring of 2023 to give qualifying first-time home buyers a loan that covers up to 20% of a property’s purchase price that will not accumulate interest or have required monthly payments. Loanees are instead expected to pay back the original loan amount in addition to 20% of the increase in the home’s value when the property’s mortgage is refinanced or resold.

First introduced on January 16th, Bill 1840 was originally intended to “provide shared appreciation loans” to low and middle income citizens. Under Arambula’s new proposal, the legislation would expand to allow the program to include illegal immigrants into the eligibility pool.

Fox News Digital reached out to Arambula for comment. This article will be updated with any reply. 

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The LA Times reported the California loan program garnered 2,300 applicants in less than two weeks last year before the program’s applications were halted, and that “the program will replace its first-come, first-serve basis with a lottery.”

Concerns continue to rise across the country as the migrant crisis continues to grow and overpower different states’ available resources.

The new Senate border bill that was introduced earlier this month before subsequently failing to gather enough support, was at the forefront of Biden’s priorities during his recent visit to the border. 

“Folks, the bipartisan border security bill is a win for the American people and a win for the people of Texas, and it’s fair for those who legitimately have a right to come here,” Biden stated.

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National Border Patrol Council (NBCP) President Brandon Judd, who was present at former President Trump’s visit to the border in Eagle Pass, TX, relayed his sentiments towards the ongoing migrant crisis.

“Border patrol agents are upset that we cannot get the proper policy that is necessary to protect human life, to protect American citizens, to protect the people that are crossing the border illegally. We can’t do that because President Biden’s policies continue to invite people to cross here,” Judd said.

What to expect when National Rugby League kicks off season in Vegas

Aussies are bringing rugby to the states. No pads? No helmets? No problem.

The National Rugby League (NRL) will kick off its season, Saturday, for the first time on American soil, live on FS1 and the FOX Sports app. 

The wildly popular NRL bills itself as one of the most-watched programs on Australian television, attracting more than 100 million viewers each year. A large American audience will now have a chance to witness the fast-paced sport when Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas hosts the historic season-opening double header. 

Ahead of the double header, “FOX & Friends Weekend” spoke to members of four New York-area rugby clubs about the sport, so they could give Americans unfamiliar with it a taste of what to expect.

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Co-host Pete Hegseth asked the men – a mix of team captains and coaches from the New York, Suffolk, Rockaway, and Long Island rugby clubs – what new audiences should look for if they’re tuning into the sport for the first time on FS1. “It looks like sports we’re familiar with, but not exactly the same,” the co-host commented. 

“I wanna say, you’re going to be looking for nonstop action, hard hits and a good time,” team captain Wesley Bybel said. 

Co-host Will Cain then asked the Long Island club coach, “Max, what attracts guys in America, in Long Island, New York to rugby?” Max Witowski noted that his love of football eventually led him to it. “Well, I started playing in college – wanted to be a football player – didn’t quite make the team. And some guy said, ‘Come try rugby.’ I said I’d never really known the sport before that.” He said that soon after, he went to the rugby field, started playing, and has been playing for the 15 years since.

Dan Bamford, an Englishman who coaches one of the New York clubs, told the co-hosts where the sport is most popular. He said, “It’s played all across Europe, mainly in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland.”

“So we’re taught from a very young age, from like six, seven, or eight, and then we carry on all the way through, to adulthood,” Bamford added. 

The Englishman was then asked to explain a drill that was being conducted by several rugby players just off camera. He said, “What’s happening is, in Rugby basically, you have to obviously pass the ball backwards. So they’re just doing a little three-on-two drill at the moment, cause you play both sides of the ball. You play offense and defense.” 

He continued, “So what they’re doing at the moment, you have three attackers taking on two defenders, trying to move the ball past them in a traditional sense.”

The men answered a few of Hegseth and Cain’s more specific rugby-related questions, like about what happens in the “scrum” and where the bigger guys on the team usually play. 

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Bamford explained that teams want their faster guys, the guys “with the wheels,” on the edge of the field, so they can take the ball “all the way into the try zone” – the rugby equivalent of the end zone. 

Hegseth marveled at the fact that these players do not use helmets or pads while playing. Witowski remarked, “It is really a game for all shapes and sizes, whether you’re big, small or in-between, you can come down and play and have a good time.” Wesley followed up, declaring, “You gotta have the heart.”

“That’s what football should look like,” Cain added. 

The co-host also noted that there are a lot of injuries associated with the sport. However, he said there are fewer concussions than in American football. 

One of the captains, Ciaran O’Hara, explained this, saying, “You tend to develop better technique playing rugby than in football, because you don’t feel indestructible the way you do when you’re wearing a football helmet, and pads and everything.”

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles face off with the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 9:30 p.m. ET, followed by Sydney Roosters against the Brisbane Broncos at 11:30 p.m. ET. For a breakdown of the rules, the NRL released a promotional video on X earlier this month narrated by Australian actor Russell Crowe.

“Arguably the fastest, most aggressive ball-in-hand football game that exists,” Crowe, co-owner of South Sydney, explained. 

As explained by the “Gladiator” actor, each team has 13 players on the field with just four on the bench playing in an 80-minute game with two halves. The game is played on a 100-meter field (approximately 110 yards) with an oval-shaped ball. 

Unlike American football, rugby features no pads or helmets, no timeouts, no forward passing, and every player can tackle, pass and kick the ball when necessary. Instead of four downs, teams have six tackles to attempt to move the ball forward, and there are more scoring opportunities, which range from one point to four. 

Fans can tune in live on FS1 and the FOX Sports app. 

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