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.
What do you think?