Player welfare group slams Steve Borthwick's England selection  - Ruck

Player welfare group slams Steve Borthwick’s England selection 

England coach Steve Borthwick has been criticised by player safety group Progressive Rugby for selecting Maro Itoje to face the All Blacks, calling it a “very public backwards step” for player welfare.

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Itoje, a key member of England’s tight five, is set to play in the opening match of the two-test series in Dunedin. Progressive Rugby, which includes prominent players, ex-players, and medical experts, campaigns for safer playing conditions.

An agreement between the RFU, RPA, and Premiership Rugby limits English players to 2400 minutes or 30-35 matches per season to protect player health.

“The selection of Maro Itoje to play New Zealand is a very public backwards step for player welfare,” Progressive Rugby co-founder John Fairclough said.

“Dismissing game time limits when it suits because fans ‘want to see the best players’ and a player is ‘desperate to play’ undermines attempts to protect players from further injury including the potentially devastating consequences of degenerative brain disease.

“Players will always want to play, but now, more than ever, leaders with the responsibility of securing the future of this wonderful sport need to demonstrate that the lessons of the past have been learned.”

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