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Rugby Can Be Deadly

A lot of folks argue about which sport is tougher.  I played rugby in college, and have a bias.  It doesn't stop for "plays", you are allowed to kick and punch a guy who is on the ground with the ball and keeps possession instead of pushing the ball off, and of course, no protective gear.  I got hurt in every game I played.

So it doesn't surprise me when a 40 year old player has a heart attack and dies, and the game goes on without him.  That's the culture of the game.

After a minute of silence, the game went on.  I almost laughed at the comment under the story when a guy points out that every time a surfer gets killed, they don't shut down the beach out of respect.

Was it the right thing to do (play on)?  No.  But I can understand the cultural view point.  To those outside of the sport, it might not be understood that playing on is a testement to the fallen player.

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