A group of leading doctors are urging the government to ban rugby tackling in schools due to concerns over the " lifelong and life-ending consequences for children" of injuries sustained on the rugby pitch.
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Both of my sons, 12 and 8, play rugby – the older son for his local club in Bath as well as his school. In the rugby season that can mean up to five practice and two matches a week. I do worry about the physical impact on his body, especially as he plays forward and is involved in the scrum.
I know parents – mothers mainly – who say they would NEVET let their son play rugby; and a good friend who is an orthopaedic surgeon refuses to let his son play in the A team for school.
I feel very torn: it's a sport they love and a big part of life for boys who grow up in our rugby-mad city of Bath. But of course every instinct that I have wants to protect them.
Their coaches are superb, and every precaution is taken to ensure they play safely and abiding by strict RFU rules for younger players.
But I can't pretend that I wouldn't welcome a ban so there is no difficult decision to me made. Touch rugby is a great game.
Would our children really miss out massively if full contact rugby was something they waited until they were 18 to experience?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.