Glass eyes, black pudding and 'argy bargy' - how rugby was always violent
Published 06/02/2016 | 02:30
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.