On Friday I posted a lighthearted look at the ELVs and in particular the proposed new law which allows the collapsing of mauls.
All such frivolity flew right out of the window this morning, however, when I received an email from Nursedude drawing my attention to the tragic death of 20 year old Argentinian rugby player Juan Cruz Migliore who died in a Buenos Aires Rugby Union Premier Division game on Saturday after having suffered a broken neck when a maul collapsed on him.
Ever since the law allowing mauls to be collapsed was first proposed I have had huge concerns as to player safety, convinced that an increase in injuries would be the inevitable consequence. I must admit, however, that I did not for one minute envisage that a player might die from such injuries.
The IRB might argue that, technically, the death of Juan Cruz Migliore was not the fault of this particular ELV as it is not due to come into force until 1st August. To do so, however, would be to stick its head in the sand once too often. This tragedy sends out a clear warning signal as to what might happen when the collapsing of mauls is legalised. It's time for the IRB to show a bit of backbone and repeal this law now.