Daniel Van Oudenaren
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The Huns, the Herd, the Barbarians

Sports | Rugby sets out to conquer America
by Daniel Van Oudenaren
Posted 1/02/20, 04:36 pm

If you were trying to pick a sport that wouldn’t land your child on a stretcher, you might not think of rugby. But a belief that rugby is safer than football is helping the sport grow.

Julie Nicholson is an Austin mom who put her son in rugby in part because she heard it was safer than football—less plagued by controversy over CTE, a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries.

Her son, Connor, 16, ended up tearing his shoulder on the rugby field and needing surgery.

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