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LETTER: Make headgear the rule in rugby

Charlottetown Rugby Football Club flankerMegan Larkin looks for a teammate to pass to Saturday during women's rugby action at Co-Op Field in Charottetown against the Nova Scotia under-20 Keltics.
Charlottetown Rugby Football Club flanker Megan Larkin looks for a teammate to pass to in this file photo. - Jason Malloy

As you may know, rugby has nearly the highest amount of contact relative to all other sports we see today.

Nonetheless, it requires a very minimal amount of protective gear to prevent injury, such as shoulder pads, shin guards, mouth guards and scrum caps, which are all optional, and relatively thin I might add.

Recently, an 18-year-old boy from Montague was taken from us after a brutal impact during a high school game in Summerside. With this information, I strongly feel, as do others, that a new rule should be put forth that demands the usage of protective headgear, other than an optional scrum cap, which has nearly no aid in protection for the players.

The implementation of this rule will provide a much safer aspect to the game, where players and spectators will not have to worry so much about the possibility of injuries occurring on the field. As a result, the impact on this young man could have merely been a mild to a severe concussion, rather than death.

Camden Jenkins,
UPEI student


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