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Mike Burton rejects calls to ban scrums in schools

Mike Burton
Burton won 17 caps for England between 1972 and 1978

Former Gloucester, England and Lions prop Mike Burton has rejected calls for a ban on scrums in schools.

It comes from a report by Edinburgh University professor Allyson Pollock which looked in to child injuries.

"The IRB have been very responsible in the way that they have managed injury prevention especially with youngsters," Burton told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"In schools there's a special rule applied to the scrum where they keep the heads level with the hips."

He continued: "They're not allowed to do any lowering or moving at an angle and later on in life when props develop they learn the skills and their strength develops."

Burton has continued to be involved in rugby after his playing days by becoming one of the game's leading agents also questioned one of the other recommendations in the report.

It highlighted that the most common act during a game which resulted in injuries across the 190 games studied was the tackle area, leading to the call for high tackles to be banned as well as scrums.

"It says the high tackle should be banned, well high tackles already are banned," said Burton.

"Here we have a professor saying all these things and she's not really thought it through, I'm very concerned about that."

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