Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

IRFU taking a risk with rugby players' health

As a doctor, I view Ireland's 60-0 defeat to New Zealand with great concern and seriously wonder about the future health and safety of our international players.

What I saw was exhausted athletes, whose health was put at risk. I seriously feel that some outside agency should be sent into the IRFU to look at player safety and health.

The facts speak for themselves. This has been a 51-week season and our team has played 17 international test matches.

Throw into this all the Heineken and Celtic league matches.

It is of no great surprise that six, or nearly half, of our first team are out injured at present and missed the New Zealand game.

Mark my words, someone within the IRFU needs to look at the future set-up before a serious situation develops.

AIDAN HAMPSON

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