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Interesting. It's certainly no surprise to a rugby follower that playing rugby increases the risk. Outside the three mentioned in the article, Joost and Lou Gehrig, what other high profile athletes have suffered with it? I would have assumed that the contact nature of rugby had something to do with the increased risk, not just the oxygen depravation. It seems strange that there's not more high profile cases in non-contact aerobic sport if any strenuous exercise is the risk, but maybe I just don't know about the cases that there have been. Failing that, I wonder if there's something about the stop / start nature of rugby that makes it higher risk or maybe the combination of strength and stamina required to play.

TLDR: it seems like rugby's higher risk than other sports and that exercise = risk is a generalisation.
 

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Good, I've long felt that armpit is the more sensible height - it gives a little lleeway before being dangerous
Its only age grade rugby which is a shame but does mean the next generation of players are being taught to go lower as a default.
 

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Also talk of banning dipping before contact for the ball carrier. Not sure how easy that is to police
 

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Its only age grade rugby which is a shame but does mean the next generation of players are being taught to go lower as a default.
Not something I follow closely, where has the idea been trailed recently? The last I remember hearing about it was when the trial in the B&I Cup was stopped prematurely as the data appeared to show that it was causing an increase in injuries.
 

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Interesting article from the Grauniad.

Very interesting. If the data doesn't support what is being implemented then WR need to reassess. At least this article uses data and evidence to support it, rather than "I lost two players for the the play offs, it's not fair".
 

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