Rugby is at tip­ping point

Rugby World - - BOOTCAMP - Wil­liam Martin, via Face­book Tom Jones, Sed­bergh School

The ABs haven’t been in many of those sit­u­a­tions and were un­able to adapt. I’m con­cerned about the in­creas­ing size of play­ers and num­ber of in­juries in the Gal­lagher Pre­mier­ship and be­yond. For part of my A Level, I did a ques­tion­naire to which 508 peo­ple from 21 coun­tries, in­clud­ing past in­ter­na­tion­als, coaches and fans, re­sponded.

Over half of re­spon­dents (57%) be­lieve the in­creas­ing size of play­ers is re­spon­si­ble for more in­juries and that the game is at a tip­ping point as re­gards player wel­fare.

De­spite those con­cerns, 73% be­lieve it’s still a game for all shapes and sizes and while 62% don’t want the laws changed, many re­spon­dents called for the cur­rent laws to be ap­plied more strictly. There was also a ma­jor­ity sup­port (52%) for ju­nior rugby to played in weight cat­e­gories.

Smoth­ered The Boks made 226 tack­les

Su­per­size Will Skel­ton

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