Sharing Sunday: Rugby and Mental Health-Are we overlooking some basic principles in Rugby?

Sharing Sunday: A good look at the player welfare issues that have come to the forefront recently and need to do so.

Rugby Scribbles

Scotland v France - RBS 6 NationsLamont in action for Scotland

Following Mark Palmer’s hard hitting article in ‘The Sunday Times’ about Rory Lamont’s (ex-Scotland winger cum fullback) life after rugby, I thought I’d weigh in on how the sport based on teamwork and respect seems to over look these, the very principles on which the game has been built.

To start with the positives, Rugby can be a very positive sport for many people. Rugby can really help to give guidance and focus to those who play, with a clear goal and a team to work for. Player’s address the referees (generally) with respect, are punished (sometimes questionably) for cynical actions; whether physical, verbal or just not sporting. Their livelihood relies on teamwork and they create strong bonds with the people around the club, including the fans.

Rugby provides a place to release frustrations in a safe and controlled manner, making an ideal hobby for many…

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