RFU (English Rugby Union) – WHY NOT A LAW ACROSS ALL AGES AND STATUS (???) – AGAIN, ANOTHER HALF-HEARTED, HALF-COCKED DECISION.
The fundamental problem with TACKLING in any sport is the INTENTIONALITY (whether instructed by coaches or personal initiative to hurt, maim and simply take a player off the field). Also known as GAMESMANSHIP is not new at all. The significant difference in the last 26 years is that a loss means LOSS OF PAYMENT, REPUTATION, ETC. Prior to professional rugby, the mal intention was just to HURT THE OPPOSITION PLAYER. But today the motivation behind intentionality is the money by acquiring a HARD HITTER FAME! At all costs…
There is no amount of money to compensate for the loss of LIFE or to destroy a player’s wellbeing. And… Go and ask their families and friends.
Here the review must be done putting the microscope on the shape, size and power of the modern player? Similarly, to Formula 1 (car-racing), back in 1950 (Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham) the cars were half the size and half the maximum speed and torque of today’s cars. Rugby players have increased about 25% in the last 25 years. Body mass and acceleration also. Hence the big ‘intermittent’ and much bigger hits (American Football-like). The consequences of this type of rugby are Quadriplegia-Depression-Concussion-Dementia, etc. The Sciences will soon prove ponderous administrators HOW WRONG THEY ARE in not addressing these problems from the root, (THE LAWS OF THE GAME).
Mr Chair Bill Beaumont, get real and protect the HHRR who make billions of dollars to fuel your ‘gravy train’. Soon the dementia-concussion train of Steve Thompson will make you re-think and CHANGE ONCE AND FOR ALL.
Enrique TOPO Rodriguez
Founder & Convener, iss-forum.net
Executive Chairman, Wellbeing Leaderdship & Sport Pty Ltd
International Rugby Union Player (1971-1992) Represented: Argentina, South america, tshiti, Australia (Capt.), Barbarians FC (UK, Capt.), Italian Barbarians (Capt.)
Multi-Award Winning Author – The ART of Scrummagin I, II and III (2011, 2012 and 2015)
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