The bigger rugby gets, the harder they fall

The bigger rugby gets, the harder they fall
Donncha O’Callaghan: ‘nearly every game you come off and you’re okay, you’re thankful’ Picture: Getty

The huge size of rugby players and the physicality of on-field contact is leading to serious injuries and, perhaps ultimately, to the death of the game itself

Interviews with rugby players usually don’t amount to much. They are guarded, their public relations people train them well and instinctively they know their real audience is back listening in the dressing room. It’s not exactly an omertà but, while still playing, there’s a lot players keep among themselves.

That’s why an interview Donncha O’Callaghan gave last week was in ways remarkable. Coming now to the end of a very long career,...

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