The University of King’s College echoes Rugby Canada and Rugby Nova Scotia’s disappointment with the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s (NSSAF) decision on May 2 to remove rugby from Nova Scotia high schools.
All sports, including contact sports, include risk of injury. Though we acknowledge concerns about safety in sports like rugby, we believe that Rugby Canada and Rugby Nova Scotia have been proactive in providing training and education to coaches, players and referees to mitigate the risk of injury. Furthermore, they’re working to better report and care for injuries when they have occurred. We support their continuing efforts to make rugby safer for everyone.
King’s has both men’s and women’s rugby teams and we’ve seen first-hand the many benefits this sport has had on players and what the team, in turn, adds to our community.
NSSAF’s decision to remove rugby from its schedule mid-season impacts hundreds of high school athletes, who enjoy the sport because it embodies determination, teamwork and sportsmanship. If in the future Nova Scotian high school students do not have a chance to discover their passion for rugby, or understand the opportunities it may open up for them, it would be unfortunate.
We support Rugby Nova Scotia in seeking to better understand NSSAF’s decision, and hope that there is a resolution that sees the reinstatement of high school rugby.