Tuesday 21 February 2017

Save us, and rugby, from idiot academics

Published 13/03/2016 | 02:30

Shoulder to shoulder: Donncha O’Callaghan (left), Peter Stringer, and Paul O’Connell sing ahead of a 2007 match
Shoulder to shoulder: Donncha O’Callaghan (left), Peter Stringer, and Paul O’Connell sing ahead of a 2007 match
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We love a good moral panic and no panic is better than one which comes wrapped in the snug, smug righteous blanket of child safety.

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When you can then tie that moral panic into having a pop at male elitism, you have what our American friends call a twofer.

The recent letter signed by 70 supposed 'experts' and academics which called for a ban on tackling for any juvenile rugby player is a classic of its kind.

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