FIVE (5) FORMER BRITISH LIONS (and this wily and passionate TOPO/Puma/Wallaby also, ARE PUTTING OUR CONSIDERABLE WEIGHT, MUSCLE AND REPUTATION TO… CAUSE CHANGE TO NON-EXISTENT “OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY” POLICIES OF WORLD RUGBY –
POINT AT URGENT CHANGES TO BE DONE TO ‘THE RUGBY UNION LAWS’ ARE ALREADY THESE THIS LATEST SIGNED LETTER/REQUEST HAS BEEN ALREADY (for at least the last three years) CHAMPIONED BY:
I) THE DRAKE FOUNDATION (London UK)
II) CONCUSSION LEGACY FOUNDATION (Boston USA)
III) ISSF (INTERNATIONAL SORTS SCIENCES FORUM (Sydney Australia)
IV) Thousands of Doctors, Professors, Parents, Friends, Spouses, Physiotherapists, Biomechanist, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Neurologists, etc. etc. etc.?
Why is it in this 21st Century world we live in, the more ‘educated’ and the more ‘affluent’ people become… the less they ‘think’, have almost negligible ‘common sense’… and become disinclined to accept responsibility for their actions, mistakes, and reckless decisions?
Is it possible that ALL people in positions of power (in the BUSINESS of SPORTS) such as administrators, coaches, referees, bureaucrats, boffins, etc. become The Law onto Themselves?
It is appalling how people politically elected as ‘Delegates’ for a country, or state, province, who have no education, or knowledge or experience on a particular subject, and are able make decisions on the destiny of a global community sport, and… do thumb the noses of scientists, real evidences, experts opinions?
HERE WE HAVE A TYPICAL CASE OF BLIND BILLY LEADING THE BLIND MINORITY OF THE RUGBY WORLD. I AM ALMOST CERTAIN THAT THE FIRST REACTION WILL BE, “THIS IS THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION’S FAULT”!!!
A very sad indictment on our sport. Shame on all the people that have been running rugby since 1995, you have taken us, “to the cleaners”, and have risked many lives. I do remind you and the whole world THE LOSSES OF LIVES (particularly adolescents) do to catastrophic spinal injuries and others also!
Fellow WORLD RUGBY BOARD MEMBERS,… for Christ’s sakes, the other sports are benefitting from your procrastination, and inaction!
How difficult is to say…
a) THANK YOU FOR THE ADVICE
b) OUR MOST SINCERE APOLOGY FOR THE SLOW REACTION, WE DID NOT REALISE TILL TODAY, HOW FAST THINGS HAVE BEEN CHANGING IN OUR SPORT.
c) WE ARE ON THE CASE NOW… AND… WE WILL FIX THESE PROBLEMS – (Then move on, you have been on the nose for far too many years. please give us our Rugby back
Till soon, I am not done yet…
Enrique TOPO Rodriguez
Wallaby Captain 1987 | Barbarian FC Captain 1991 | Cordoba Province Captain 1982083 | Argentine Provinces Selection Captain (1982)