Austus is a sport which was started in
Australiaduring World War IIwhen U.S. soldiers wanted to play footballagainst the Australians. Because American Footballis rarely played in Australiaand Australian rules footballis rarely played in the USAthe players wrote up composite rules consisting of throwing, which isn't allowed in Australian rules footballand kicking which is rarely used in gridiron. The name comes from the first four letters of Australia(AUST) and the initials of the United States(US).
The game has rarely, if ever been played since.
References and Sources
* [http://www.aussierulesinternational.com/intlrules/austus.php Aussie Rules International story on Austus]
* [http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/category/nfl/2006/12/07/football-history-101-the-lost-hybrid-game article on "the lost hybrid game"]
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