Should U18 rugby be banned? No. But tell that to parents of a concussed child | Sean Ingle
2024/04/01

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The debate on whether rugby should be banned for under-18s has been reignited by researchers who argue that the risk of brain injuries in high-impact sports constitutes child abuse. The Rugby Football Union's decision to allow younger age groups to combine with older ones in order to sustain teams has also raised concerns about player safety. While the RFU insists that measures are in place to ensure a balance between safety and retention, some experts argue that matching players by maturation rather than age could help mitigate risks. Ultimately, the ongoing research on head impacts is likely to prompt changes in the sport.

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