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Rugby union should ban contested scrums: Scrums are contested in junior rugby

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1391
  1. Dylan M Wilson (, paediatric registrar
  1. Redcliffe Hospital Redcliffe, Brisbane QLD 4020 Australia

    EDITOR—Bourke's statement that contested scrums are not allowed in the under 19 game is incorrect.1 Scrums in schoolboy games are certainly contested. The differences from the senior game in terms of contesting are that the scrum cannot be wheeled more than 45° as opposed to 90°, and the scrum is not allowed to be pushed more than 1.5 m.2

    Credit: DPP/REX …

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