Most injuries in youth rugby occur due to the collision elements of the game, say academics from Newcastle University’s Institute of Health. Photo: Inpho

World Rugby has rejected “extreme and alarmist” claims made in a study that calls on scrums and tackling to be banned at school level, with a number o(...)

Should all schools and rugby unions should be collecting data on injuries to children? Above: Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Rugby Junior Cup Final Replay, Donnybrook, Dublin. St Michael’s College vs Blackrock College. Michael’s Zach Harrison scores a try. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

No parent standing on the sidelines watching their children play sport wants to imagine having to witness a serious injury on the scale of footballer (...)

All countries with an NHS have put in place a strong legal framework to ensure that a universal national health service happens and that parliament commits to it. Photograph: Alan Betson

The decision to have a universal public healthcare system is always political. Many countries have decided that universal health care (access to servi(...)

Prof Allyson Pollock: ‘Parents don’t know that the laws of the game are decided by World Rugby, and it is only interested in the professional game.’ Photograph:  Iain White/Fennell Photography

Control of schools rugby should be taken from its international governing body because of a failure to deal with the concussion issue, according to a (...)

A school in the England has become the first to switch to selecting rugby teams based on weight and height rather than age in an effort to reduce injuries from collisions. Image: Thinkstock.

A school in the England has become the first to switch to selecting rugby teams based on weight and height rather than age in an effort to reduce inju(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy leaves the field with concussion and a broken nose. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At the height of the World Cup, World Rugby’s chief medical officer Martin Raftery has said that the laws of the game, particularly the tackle, may ha(...)