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Rugby union should ban contested scrums

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1281

Rapid Response:

Re: Junior Rugby - Scrums ARE contested

I read with concern at the authors conclusions from his many years
associated with Rugby Union. I too have played and watched many games of
rugby and find myself coming to the opposite conclusion.

Factually he is incorrect, scrums are contested, according to the RFU
continuum of laws from the U10 age group onwards. Typically more neck
injuries occur in the tackle and loose play than in the scrum.

Rugby is better regulated and controlled than ever before, of course
there are risks but there are risks in all competitive sport. If players
are trained properly and know the risks it is up to them to make their own
judgements as to whether to play or not.

There are many children starting rugby because other sports do not
offer them the opportunities rugby does; particularly those destined for
the forwards. There are plenty of risky behaviours waiting for those
denied a chance in rugby.

Competing interests:
Rugby Player of Many Years, Mini Rugby Coach and ref

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 May 2006
Richard A R Cantelo
Consultant Anaesthetist
Camberley GU16 7UJ