What is the most dangerous position in rugby?

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What is the most dangerous position in rugby is a topic  that has probably been discussed at length in many a team bar. Now it seems that 3 year study in France has managed to provide an answer.

The following article published on www.RugbyWorld.com by Gavin Mortimer looks into what is the most dangerous position in rugby in greater detail.

Blood spilled: Mike Delany has a gash seen to during a Top 14 match in the 2014-15 season
Blood spilled: Mike Delany has a gash seen to using a tearable elastic adhesive bandage (EAB) such as Vivolight during a Top 14 match in the 2014-15 rugby season


“So now it’s official, at least in France. The most dangerous position on a rugby field is hooker.

The results were released last week of a three-year medical study commissioned by the LNR (Ligue Nationale de Rugby) and FFR (Fédération Française de Rugby), cataloging all of the rugby injuries that have forced a player out of a Top 14 game in that period.

Between the start of the 2012-13 season and the end of the 2014-15 season, there were 2,208 injuries to players in the Top 14 (the survey defined an injury as one that ended the player’s participation in that particular match). The front row account for 26% of that total injuries with the hooker the worst affected; in all, the player wearing the No 2 shirt suffered more blood, face, neck and knee injuries than any other position, and was second in the list of concussion and shoulder injuries.

Front-rowers have frequent injuries, according to this study
A dangerous place in rugby: front-rowers have frequent injuries, according to this study

The props suffered their fair share of knocks with the loosehead incurring more shoulder injuries than any other position and the tight-heads topping the ankle injury charts. Interestingly, while the loosehead props were second only to the hooker in suffering neck and shoulder injuries, the tightheads suffered less in those categories but more with lower leg injuries.

The study also revealed that outside the front row, the half-backs were next in injury propensity with fly-halves being concussed more than any other position and scrum-halves suffering more shoulder and knee injuries save for the front-row.

In total, the front-row and half-backs made up 43% of all permanent injury substitutions in the three-season study.


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