Dangerous moves put players at risk

Rugby has delighted crowds for years, and many little boys dream of becoming a good player. But it is unfortunately a very dangerous sport, leading to countless injuries every year. Here is a list of the most dangerous rugby moves.

High tackle:
High tackles are illegal because it puts the person being tackled in danger. Serious injuries to the neck can be sustained this way, including whiplash, cartilage injury in the throat and even paralysis. It can lead to career limiting injuries.

Line-out:
When opposition players pull the lock down by knocking his feet out from under him, the player can land on his back or neck, causing serious injury to the neck or back. Other common injuries sustained this way include fractures to the arm and dislocation of the shoulder.

Scrum:
Scrums usually collapse if the prop or hooker lowers his shoulder or tries to pull other players down. If the scrum collapses, any of the front row players can sustain serious neck injuries. Scrum collapses can be prevented by letting players engage in the scrum at the same time.

Ruck/maul:
During rucks and mauls, players often stamp on other people. One can imagine that when a man weighing 120 kg wearing studded rugby boots stands on someone else, serious injuries can be sustained.

Being tackled while fielding a high ball:
Injuries can be sustained when a player jumps up into the air to catch a high ball and an opposition player tackles the player while he is in the air. If the player lands on his neck or back, serious injuries can be sustained.

Late tackle:
Late tackles are dangerous because the player is caught unaware and is not prepared to be tackled.

Shoulder charge:
A shoulder charge is usually done with malicious intent with the sole purpose of taking the other player out and can cause unnecessary injuries.

Loose scrum:
The same injuries can be sustained as during a ruck or maul.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Zama zama crackdown: What are your thoughts on West Village residents taking the law into their own hands?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Authorities should bring in the army already
10% - 2451 votes
Illegal miners can't be scapegoated for all crime
53% - 12626 votes
What else did we expect without no proper policing
34% - 8052 votes
Vigilante groups are also part of the problem
3% - 801 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
16.79
-0.8%
Rand - Pound
20.14
-0.3%
Rand - Euro
16.99
-0.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.64
-0.8%
Rand - Yen
0.12
-0.8%
Gold
1,765.31
+0.2%
Silver
19.80
-0.0%
Palladium
2,159.00
+0.7%
Platinum
921.00
-0.9%
Brent Crude
93.65
+1.4%
Top 40
64,199
+0.1%
All Share
71,014
+0.1%
Resource 10
63,728
+0.8%
Industrial 25
87,121
-0.4%
Financial 15
16,175
+0.1%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE