I play collegiate rugby and yes the hits are hard but with no forward passing and no blocking there are much fewer blindside hits. also the ref will penalize tackles that don't wrap up the ball carrier and because there are no pads/helmets the tackler is much more inclined to protect himself and tackle properly i.e at the waist and hips. In rugby the ball carrier can get up and continue play if not wrapped up this also encourages safe good form. This is not to say that concussions do not occur but the sport itself does not promote the vicious head to head or lowering of the shoulder hits of football. It all comes down the culture of the sport and what we promote as being good sportsmanship.
Comment 04 Jun 2012