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Rugby/is it dangerous?


"Doc" the Yank Rugger wrote at 2013-05-20 15:24:00
Hear him! Hear him! Huzzah!

Well spoken, Brother Shepard.

Played for 20 years in England and USA. Coached for 5 years.

Fact: American Football and American competitive Cheerleading (yes, I said cheerleading) have more "serious" injuries (intracranial, neck, spinal cord, fracture or surgery requiring) per capita than Rugby. (Source- American College of Sports Medicine

As my esteemed colleague said above fitness, proper technique and sportsmanship prevents Rugby from being more "dangerous" than any other contact sport.

When played properly it is a tough but elegant and exhilarating experience.

I never feel more alive than when my scrummy calls me in to crash off a ruck, setting a perfect maul.

Rugby is awesome.


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Deane A Shephard


Willing to answer any question regarding rugby in the United States. What I do not know, I can research. My areas of expertise are coaching, administration, and forward play.


20 years playing
Level II USA Coach
Level II Canadian Coach
President of Olympic Peninsula Sports Union
Executive Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union
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15 years Adult Coach
2 years Club Head Coach

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