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Tackling concussion: rugby’s safety crisis

There is growing opposition to Professor Allyson Pollock’s proposal to ban the tackle in rugby for under-18s

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
6th March, 2016
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‘There’s a massive amount of scaremongering out there’: Kevin McLaughlin, who retired after a number of concussionsPicture: Inpho

Professor Allyson Pollock has been writing about the dangers of rugby for more than a decade.

And last week, she caught everyone’s attention when she called for rugby’s tackle to be banned altogether for players under the age of 18.

Along with 70 other doctors and academics, she wrote an open letter to health ministers, sports ministers, and chief medical officers including Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohue, to say rugby needed to...

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