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World Rugby's erroneous and misleading representation of Australian sports' injury statistics
  1. Joe Piggin1,
  2. Allyson Pollock2
  1. 1 Loughborough University, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
  2. 2 Queen Mary, University of London, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joe Piggin, Loughborough University, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE113TU, UK; j.j.piggin{at}

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The goals of World Rugby's strategic plan, 2010 are to ‘Protect and promote Rugby, its values, spirit and ethos’ and to ‘Drive player welfare best practice’. These values are under question with the publication of misleading data on injury risks in its SportsWise Survey.

In response to calls earlier this year to the UK government for a ban on tackle and contact in the school game,1 World Rugby has published a report in which it states that ‘Compared with other sports and activities, rugby has a relatively low injury rate despite being known for its physicality’.2 The statement is misleading and should be changed.

World Rugby's report draws on data taken from a report published by the Australian Government and Flinders University, ‘Australian sports injury hospitalisations 2011–12’.3 World Rugby produced two charts to support their …

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