Rugby is dangerous? Let’s ban tackling?

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I was very fortunate to be able to attend a very good school in Scotland (because of my Dad’s job) and at our school, rugby was a major sport, played by many boys. The girls played touch rugby too. I grew up watching matches from the sidelines, and it’s a game I’ve always enjoyed, in fact I prefer to watch rugby over football, given a choice. It’s not a gentle or sedate game. It’s very physical and involves strength and skill, to be able to play well. 

Recent news articles are saying that a group of medics and experts think that children under 18, when playing rugby, should not be allowed to play the traditional game where tackling happens. When one player has to get the ball off the other, by literally tackling them. They are saying the the risks of injuries and long term damage/health effects is too high and that a change needs to be made. The reaction to this and the response has been mixed. Rugby players, coaches an enthusiasts are saying this is an over reaction. 

The arguments are compelling on both sides. 

Of course you don’t want your child badly injured whilst playing sport. No one does. 

But, do we really want to ban an integral part of a game? Would removing the tackling in rugby mean that basically a whole generation won’t be taught how to play properly and then won’t have the ability to compete internationally? Do we just stop making rugby a sport we are part of against the rest of the world?

Sports can be dangerous and cause injuries. I have a permanent dent in my right  knee where a hockey stick landed during a particularly tough tackle and pass in a match I played in when I was 16. 

But if played properly, sports like rugby are excellent exercise, teach children how to work together in a team. 

I personally think if we take tackling out of rugby, we may as well stop playing it as a game and give it up as a sport altogether… 

What do you think? 

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4 comments on “Rugby is dangerous? Let’s ban tackling?
  1. Yvonne says:

    I agree with you, I don’t know much about rugby but surely tackling is integral to the game? #effitfriday

  2. If you take the tackling out then you are basically just chasing each other around aimlessly. I agree that no one wants their child to get hurt playing, but is it really any more likely to injure a child than football or hockey? And is it really any worse than forcing children to run around a track in the peeing down rain! #effitfriday

  3. I must admit I am a football girl – but i have always admired the workrate of rugby players and their ability to tackle and not sustain serious injuries. I know there will be some but lets face it our kids get hurt doing anything and everything it just happens. My daughter simply fell over on soft grass and broke her arm. Previously she has fallen from top to bottom of the stairs and not even got a bruise. They need to learn contact sports so they can roll with the emotional stuff too.

  4. That is quite possibly the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, if you take out tackling you take out the integral part of the game. If you do that who are going to be the professional rugby stars of the future? Who know and have learnt how to tackle??
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