10 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Never Let Your Kids Play Rugby


Everyone knows that rugby is really dangerous thanks to a bunch cauliflower eared thugs knocking the living daylights out of each other for fun, but do they know the reasons why? Here we’ve compiled our top ten reasons as to why nobody should never ever even consider playing rugby…

(This post comes in light of the recent Allyson Pollock article about why she’s glad her son doesn’t play rugby anymore – it can be found here. – It’s basically an attempt to sell her latest book by taking a dig at rugby and playing on parents misconceptions for anyone who doesn’t want to have a total fit of rage).

1.You will find your kids have less and less free time to sit in front of the TV because instead of sitting around on the sofa during their evenings and weekends they’ll actually be outside. Which will give you the time to be pet proofing your furniture around the house, you have to get creative with your kids and your tasks.

2.There’s a chance they might have to interact with other people and develop friendships as rugby demands all participants actually speak to one another.

3.There is also a significant risk that you kids might actually end up doing some running, which means there’s a significant risk they could end up becoming dare we say it – healthy!

4.It’s quite likely your kids will discover positive role models in coaches and older players – but they have enough positive role models at home right?

5.Sometimes rugby can be a bit like school because they actually end up having to learn things – things like respect, teamwork, friendship and hard work.


6.Food and clothing bills may increase as your kids body adapts to the physical demands of rugby – but we don’t want your kids to grow up big and strong do we?

7.You might actually have something you can do with your kids, because suddenly they have something they’re passionate about and want to practice with you – but who wants to spend time with their kids hey?

8.Believe it or not there’s also the risk they might find they actually enjoy themselves – and who would want your kids having fun outside of your control?

9.There’s a chance they might learn some valuable life lessons, because after all, who wants to deal with the realities of life though?

10.Your kids might actually end up gaining some confidence as a result of playing rugby, and obviously its crucial to keep your kids starved of confidence or else they may develop into well-rounded adults!





  1. Haha yes! Pollock can get f***ed

  2. To be fair, any outdoor sport would offer these ten ‘disadvantages’, but not all of them offer the same risk of serious injury. But your kid is surely still much better off playing rugby than sitting on the couch..

    • There is much greater risk of injury in hockey, American football, or soccer than in rugby.

      Concussions are less common in rugby than in soccer. The most common rugby injuries are minor scrapes and contusions.

    • I Have never heard such load of claptrap in my life. I have played and coached rugby at mini/youth and senior level for over 40 years. Scrum collapse and serious injury has never occurred on my shift.Once again media hypes up these issues and those people with little or no knowledge of the sport have knee jerk reactions.
      Too give you example of injuries in other sports that i have witnessed in the last 2 years only
      Diving – trapped nerve in spine inability to walk for six months – training injury
      Soccer – Achilles tendon snap – game
      Hockey – concussion and broken cheek bone – ball impact
      Cricket – ball impact – eye socket fracture broken nose
      Gymnastics – hamstring snap- Six months on crutches
      Athletics – Achilles rip – 4 months on crutches
      Basketball – broken Arm- awkward fall
      Judo – leg break – awkward fall

      People wake up and smell the coffee – Everything we do in Life has risks .
      Stop fueling this molly coddle cotton wool society !!!

      • It seems you interpreted my comment as suggesting that rugby has more risks than other sports. If you re-read it you will see I made no such suggestion. Rugby is probably more dangerous than lawn bowls or walking or croquet, so some outdoor activities do pose a lesser risk than rugby. On the other hand, as you point out, there are numerous sports where the risk of serious injuries is equal or greater than that in rugby. The point I was trying to make was playing any sport is better than sitting inside. Really I didn’t convey that very well.

  3. Isn’t just Pollock, the game is being cleansed of the contact aspects in mini and youth rugby by our own NGB. Plans are being piloted now where the scrum will only be introduced as a contested element at U16.

    • Spike, we both know that “the game is being cleansed of the contact aspects in mini and youth rugby” is a huge exaggeration. Tackling still starts at U9, as it always did. The other contact elements are introduced gradually in a way the players and coaches find more manageable, rather than rushing it all in straight away. Having coached U9 under both old and new rules, I can categorically say that the new game is more enjoyable to watch, faster-moving, higher-scoring and less focused on boshing into contact than the old. As such it is better for developing the core attacking skills kids need, while still retaining the contact elements and building these safely and at a manageable rate.
      And it’s much much easier to coach properly!!

  4. surely a simple way or making youth rugby safer could be forced introduction on scrum hats for under 16s and lowering the high tackle threshold to upper chest. As for the scrum there’s been a lot more collapsed scrums and teams only going for a penalty rather than playing the ball since the rule changes to make them faster and safer…

    • “As for the scrum there’s been a lot more collapsed scrums and teams only
      going for a penalty rather than playing the ball since the rule changes
      to make them faster and safer…” I’ve seen no evidence whatsoever of this as either a coach or a ref, so would be interested in some stats to validate what you say.
      As for scrum caps, they do nothing to prevent concussion so forcing everyone to wear one would achieve nothing in that respect. Also, even if they did make a difference, why make them mandatory for U16 and below and not for open age where the speed of the game and size of players makes contacts harder?
      High tackle threshold – define ‘upper chest’. Now decide in a split second during a fast-moving game whether contact has been made at the upper chest level, or just mid-chest. Which rib is the boundary between mid- and upper chest? The armpit is easy to recognise as a cut-off point, so it’s better to stick with that. Coaches should be emphasising the waist and thighs as aiming points for tackling and insisting on correct technique all the time. Even so, high tackles will still happen when a small kid steps a bigger kid who reflexively sticks out an arm to stop him….
      Other than that, great post ;o)

  5. i know how you feel, my son slipped on a banana
    peel on the way home from rugby practice last night. I am calling for the immediate ban of all slippery items

  6. personally ithink the height weight ratio is important. My boy is under 16s and is 6ft 1 some of the other boys same age group are 5ft4 etc. New Zealand my have the right idea height ratio is the way forward for now as all kids develope at different rates and maybe when older they intergrate. just saying. Stopping tackling at school rugby is mad. More trainignrequied.

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