5 head injuries without a rugby scrum cap

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Before you dismiss the thought of wearing a rugby scrum cap, take a look at these 5 types of head injury. All could have been prevented if the player was wearing a rugby scrum cap.

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1. Davy McGregor’s ear tear

Davy McGregor’s horrific ear injury could have been avoided if he was wearing a rugby scrum cap. The Heriot’s Racing Club hooker had been playing against the Barbarians when his ear got caught by an opponent’s hip or shorts leaving a truly horrifying tear of his ear.
Link: @Davy_McGregor

2. Geoff Parling’s scalp laceration

Geoff Parling acknowledges that when it comes to head injuries there is no messing about. The mantra for all rugby coaches is “If in doubt, sit them out”. The England International Lock could avoided this horrific laceration to his head if he was wearing a rugby scrum cap.
Link: @GeoffParling

3. Samu Manoa’s cauliflower ear

It’s fair to say the ears of Samu Manoa have taking a bashing. Not only has he got a cauliflower ear from repeated traumas and healing of the ear cartilage; he also had a tear of the ear. Both rugby injuries could have been prevented if he was wearing a rugby scrum cap.
Link: @E4Rugby

4. Owen Farrell and Dan Robson head abrasions

At the end of the 2015/16 season, Wasps Scrum Half Dan Robson had a nasty clash of heads with Saracens Fly Half Owen Farrell. This abrasion injury could have been prevented if one or both players were wearing a rugby scrum cap.
Link: @Dan_JRobson

5. Alexander MacDonald’s horrific head wound

Alexander MacDonald butted heads with a teammate and ended up needing a whopping 30 stitches to pull the gaping wound back together. The Lock who plays for Highland Rugby Club could have escaped this horrific wound if he had worn a rugby headguard. Interesting Alex commented that he will be returning to the game next season – wearing a protective rugby scrum cap.
Link: The Scottish Sun

Note:  Governing body World Rugby make it very clear that the purpose of a rugby scrum cap is to prevent cuts and abrasions. There is no medical evidence to suggest wearing a rugby scrum cap prevents concussion.