What does this picture ellicit in you?
I don't think it has anything to do with that.
It's a standard role in rugby, and even if he has some speed and agility this isn't going to be like Eyeshield 21 where he just runs and avoid everyone. Rugby doesn't work like that.
Explain the sport to us northern euros. Does it play more like football?
Does Rugby have that thing where retired players are all functionally retarded from taking too many blows to the head throughout their career? Seems like it'd be a whole lot worse cause less protective gear.
I'm not that into Rugby so I don't know much about retired players and all that.
I don't think blows to the head are very common fucked up ears are a thing.
He's not really that speedy or agile I think but not a dumbass either.
>Seems like it'd be a whole lot worse cause less protective gear.
they are not functionally retarded, I used to play as a wing and for the 3 years I spend playing the most common injuries were in the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders. You train hours the right way of hitting, falling and tackling so you don't fuck up some part of your body (specially your head), also a lot of lifting and other shit so your body is ready for that kind of shit.
They both have risk for debilitating injuries like you mentioned.
The IRB tried to conduct a research into it in NZ (what better place) back in 2013. It encountered an unexpected hindrance - the retired players declined to participate in the research because they do not want to know about their own health.
For the past 4 years, IRB have become visibly more aggressive in protecting the players from concussions. Just recently Australian player Matt Giteau was pulled off the field early in the final RWC match against NZ because he failed a concussion test. Giteau was later revealed to be very upset for being pulled off, even lashing out verbally against his coach.
I feel later on down the track he'll be grateful that his health was being protected by the rules. Just look at where the rules fail George North