Tuesday 26 September 2017

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

Moss Keane
Moss Keane
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

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

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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