Though French rugby has not too long ago mourned the loss of life of 4 younger gamers, the game “is half as harmful as 10 years in the past,” Bernard Laporte, president of the French rugby federation (FFR), mentioned on Tuesday.

The previous France coach was talking at a lunch for the ‘Bien Joue’ (‘Nicely Performed’) programme, launched in French colleges after Louis Fajfrowski, 21, died following a heavy deal with taking part in for Aurillac in August.

A 17-year-old novice Adrien Descrulhes died in Might, a day after receiving a blow to the pinnacle taking part in for novice membership Billom.

In December, Stade Francais youth flanker Nicolas Chauvin, 18, died after breaking his neck.

At first of the yr, Nathan Soyeux, a 23-year-old pupil, died in hospital in Dijon after a deal with in a match.

It was the fourth rugby loss of life in eight months

“An accident is at all times an accident too many, however after we take a look at the statistics, we see that rugby is half as harmful at the moment because it was 10 years in the past,” Laporte informed journalists.

Since Chauvin’s loss of life, the FFR and the French league have prompt World Rugby considers banning tackles by a couple of participant at a time and decreasing the permitted deal with line to from the shoulders to the waist.

That “would additionally make the sport extra fluid” Laporte mentioned.

“There is no such thing as a protected sport, it doesn’t exist,” mentioned Laporte.

“After we take a look at all the opposite sports activities, we can’t say that rugby is essentially the most harmful, removed from it, it is not true. Statistics present that in some sports activities there are way more accidents,” Laporte mentioned, citing biking and “mountain” sports activities.

World Rugby have scheduled a discussion board on harm prevention in Paris on March 19-20.

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