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From the City of Angels to Australian Shores: LA Rams Pay a Visit to the SCG

For over 150 years the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground has housed some of sport's finest trophies, and now it can lay claim to having the Vince Lombardi Trophy within its walls. 

After gaining marketing access to Australia in December, Super Bowl LVI (56) Champions the Los Angeles Rams have been in the country promoting the NFL, with championship cornerback Nick Scott paying a visit to the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday morning.

Full Interview | Nat Butcher and Nick Scott

Joining Scott was Roosters forward and Rams fanatic Nat Butcher, with the pair speaking to media and swapping jerseys before trading the Steeden and the pig skin for a throw-around on the historic pitch.

The chance to meet one of his heroes and witness the fabled Vince Lombardi Trophy in person was once in a lifetime experience for Butcher.

“I think I’m more pumped than him at the moment,” Butcher laughed.

“I’ve been a Rams fan for a couple of years now so to have them out here at the moment, it’s pretty special.

Roosters and Rams: Nat Butcher and Nick Scott swap jerseys, with Scott's famous no.33 emblazoned on the back.
Roosters and Rams: Nat Butcher and Nick Scott swap jerseys, with Scott's famous no.33 emblazoned on the back.

“It’s similar to the sport that we play but in the American way. I like a lot of the physicality that their sport brings and just that it’s a team sport as well.

“I don’t think I’m cut out for it, I’ll stick here!”

Despite his limited knowledge, Scott was quick to praise the 13-man code, and revealed where he thought Butcher would play should he ever pull on the helmet and shoulder pads. 

The Rams star was also adamant on Rugby League's 'gladiatorial' aspect making a splash in the United States, should an NRL game be taken overseas.  

Mic'd Up: Nat Butcher and Nick Scott

“He’d be a linebacker for us,” Scott said of Butcher.

“It’s really impressive what you guys do, all the contact that you engage in with no pad and no helmet.

“It’s a huge testament to how seriously these guys take their technique and their ability to keep their head and neck out of things and keep guys safe. It’s extremely impressive; as big as these guys and how fast they are as well.

I think people would be really fired up about that gladiatorial kind of sport any time it would come over to the states. I know the states are all about it. I think it would be amazing.

Super Bowl Champion Nick Scott On whether Rugby League could gain popularity in America

“What do I know about Rugby League? Well, I know that we’re dealing with ‘H’ posts as opposed to the four posts (of AFL).

“I know that you can score a try, which you can’t do in the AFL, so I’m starting to learn a little bit which is why I’m here; obviously to learn more about Rugby League.

“I think people would be really fired up about that gladiatorial kind of sport any time it would come over to the states. I know the states are all about it. I think it would be amazing.”

With a glint in his eyes, Butcher advocated for a match to be played over in the Rams' home at So-Fi Stadium. 

“I’m keen, I’d love to play at So-Fi,” Butcher beamed.

“That’d be cool.”

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