Thursday 8 December 2016

Glass eyes, black pudding and 'argy bargy' - how rugby was always violent

Published 06/02/2016 | 02:30

Moss Keane
Moss Keane

Today, the Six Nations Rugby Championship gets underway, and as sure as ruck follows maul, there will be hand-wringing.

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Mothers will look away in disgust, as over-muscled hulks crash into each other like runaway juggernauts. Legions of fans fear that the Irish out-half Johnny Sexton could once again be knocked out cold.

Playing international rugby is now seen as being roughly the equivalent, in terms of danger, to stepping into a ring with Mike Tyson - the only difference being that in rugby, the punches can come from anywhere, as well as a few carefully-aimed kicks.

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