More than 70 doctors and health experts have called for a ban on tackling in school rugby games. In an open letter that warns of the high risk of serious injury among under-18s playing rugby, they urge schools to move to touch and non-contact versions of the game. A government drive to boost participation in rugby in English schools by linking them with rugby clubs is also criticised by the health experts, who point out that the UN convention on the rights of the child obliges governments to inform children about injury risks. The letter – which is addressed to ministers, chief medical officers and children’s commissioners – describes rugby as a “high-impact collision sport”. “The majority of all injuries occur during contact or collision, such as the tackle and the scrum,” it says. Read more >>
The referee is looking sternly at a young boy who has just tasered three of the opposing side during a school rugby match. The boy explains, "Well my mum doesn't think tackling should be allowed - so she lent me her Taser." The other players look dubiously on.
If you look closely you can see a female police officer standing smiling on the touchline. She's the boy's mother, who lent him the Taser.
1. Note the rather complicated construction "doesn't think tackling should be allowed", which contains a negative, a gerund, a modal verb, and a passive.
2. 'Lent' is the irregular past tense of the verb 'to lend'.
During a game of football at Rugby School in England, legend has it that 16-year-old student William Webb Ellis, caught the ball and ran with it towards the opponent's goal line, rather than following the rules of the times of catching and kicking the ball only. Thus the game of Rugby was born.
• Should tackling be banned in school rugby? Or is the call for a ban yet another example of political correctness/health and safety gone mad?
• What are the arguments for and against a ban on tackling in school rugby?
• What other sports contain an element of danger? Is rugby the most dangerous?
• What are the positive aspects of school sports? And the negative?
• Doctors urge schools to ban tackling in rugby (BBC News)
• Ban contact rugby in schools, say health experts (The Telegraph)
• Response to ‘Ban on Rugby tackling’ petition in the UK (World Rugby)
• Our experts weigh in on the debate surrounding a tackle ban in school rugby (Sky Sports)
• What (rugby) balls! 'Experts' are demanding a ban on tackles in under-18s rugby. But as we reveal, they're a motley scrum of lefties, gender obsessives and gay campaigners with a worryingly insidious agenda (MailOnline)