McGurk: Banning contact rugby is a ban on rugby

McGurk: Banning contact rugby is a ban on rugby
Is it safe to let children play rugby? Pic:Getty

Banning the tackle in under-age rugby will cause more problems

It’s not easy to admit, but 20 years after the decision by the then International Rugby Board to allow the game of rugby union to go fully professional, the sport now has a very serious problem. It has found itself trapped in a seemingly never-ending injury crisis cul-de-sac.

Two decades down the road from the decision that let the game loose into the big bad world of commercial demands, and after a complete revolution in...

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