It’s a Catch-22 as rugby tries to keep players safe and retain ...

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It’s a Catch-22 as rugby tries to keep players safe and retain appeal

The game’s laws are raising ire, but it can’t afford to end up like the NFL. But it does need to attract fans

Sports reporter

World Rugby has a considerable headache.

In a time of unprecedented crisis, the sport’s organising body has to balance player welfare while still maintaining rugby’s appeal to its traditional base.

The sport is trying to stamp out serious head injuries, but for that to happen it has had to make changes to its laws and introduce protocols that can effectively deal with cases as they arrive...

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