Saturday, January 12, 2013

Give blood, play rugby

I had forgotten the routine brutality of RUGBY UNION until we watched LEINSTER v. SCARLETS in a HEINEKEN CUP match on television this afternoon.
Cian Healey, Shane Jennings, Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney and Ian Madigan scored tries as Leinster beat their Welsh visitors, 33-14, in Dublin.
In addition to the scoring, we saw a tackled player attempting to hold his injured sternum in place, a player blissfully unaware that blood was dripping out of his ears and a player hit so hard by a defender that his head snapped back and the commentator likened the collision to running at full speed into a telephone pole.
"Give blood, play rugby."
It's not just a slogan. It's reality.


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