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DOK. (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 11:57

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Stoquin (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 12:05
Good piece and I have been suggesting the same thing for the last couple of years, I think it will happen and lets hope it isn't at Quins as that would be absolutely devastating for so many of us.

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Jus-Quin-Time (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 12:23
This article has a good underlying message but the delivery is overtly sensational.

The basic law of averages suggest that at some point in time, for whatever reason, a rugby player will die on the pitch. It almost happened in football from an undiagnosed heart complaint and it has happened in cricket despite wearing protection.

The big leap is to say a player will be 'killed' as a consequence of how the modern game has evolved since becoming professional. Everything is possible but the likelihood? Players are bigger, faster, stronger certainly but those same attributes protect them as well.

To my mind this author is shroud waving and in doing so he undermines the legitimate discussion regarding player welfare.

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NicoWilson (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 12:25
It happens to racehorses

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Quinky Kin (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 14:15
I agree with Jus-Quin.

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Camquin (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 15:41
Unfortunately it has happened in the community game.
This from a couple of weeks ago.


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gregory p (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 16:09
The article is aimed more at collision or a tackle producing a death than, say, heart failure on the pitch. Quite a few clubs have had unexplained deaths on the pitch - sadly it happened at Old Emanuel earlier this year. At Wimbledon one poor guy just dropped dead in the middle of training. It's when someone fatally breaks their neck or has a fatal blow to the head that questions will be asked. My instinct is that it's probably similar odds to a batsman getting hit by a ball in cricket in the same way that Phil Hughes tragically did.

The article is very thin though and, like my supposition above, there's no science behind it is there?

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T-Bone (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 16:18
Reasonable point but pretty poor article I thought.

I believe there has already been at least one instance of a schoolboy game where a player suffered two concussions in a match and died as a result of the second one, so not just an undiagnosed heart issue type death, but directly as a result of rugby injury.

I'd have thought the chances of a death are probably higher at lower level though, where there are probably more mis-matches and considerably less medical support on hand.

I do hope the powers that be are giving proper consideration to reducing the number of permitted substitutions though. It has got a bit silly and creates various issues.

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Mayor West (IP Logged)
26 October, 2017 17:10
Sometimes I think that you should stay in bed all day to protect yourself from injury or death and then I read that most deaths and injuries occur in the home. If a significantly high number of serious injuries or deaths occur per number of players, then look at changes in the way to play. Personally I don't think the general public should be able to obtain or use a chainsaw because of the high rate of death and injuries but they haven't banned them yet.

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