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Rugby is well known for a high injury rate and this is mostly due to the physicality and contact nature of the sport, coupled with a lack or protective equipment! In most cases, the only protection a rugby player wears is shin pads and a gum shield, although shoulder padding and padded scrum caps are also available and permitted.

Common injuries include impact injuries such as AC joint separations, shoulder dislocations and contusions. Injuries similar to other field sports such as soccer and hockey are also common. These include hamstring strains and ankle sprains due to bursts of speed and rapid changes in direction.