Rugby: ‘Tackle ban would cause irreversible damage’ – Felton

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Over 70 medical professionals in the UK yesterday called for contact to be withdrawn from junior rugby on health grounds – sending an open letter to ministers as they aim to reduce the risk of injury to players below the age of 18.

A signatory of the letter, professor Allyson Pollock, claims that players up to the age of 19 have a 28 per cent chance of getting injured over a 15-match season, which could equate to 300,000 injuries a year if the RFU’s target of providing rugby to over one million children is met by 2019.

However, Felton believes a move to remove contact from the sport could lead to a drastic decline in popularity and participation.

‘The damage to the sport would be irreversible,’ he said. ‘You would see a dramatic drop in the game.’

Full story in Thursday’s JEP.

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