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Headgear not the answer in rugby

Your correspondent James Gleeson called for compulsory use of headgear to protect rugby players from serious injury.

Unfortunately, as they discovered in American football, headguards do little to protect players from concussion - one of the most serious head injuries.

What rugby needs is a better system of playing, where the emphasis is placed on skill, where you avoid tackles, rather than attempting to batter your way forward.

We have much to learn from the southern hemisphere teams, who use the full width of the pitch, thereby avoiding unnecessary collisions. And see where this has taken them thus far.


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