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The long-term health effects in professional contact sports have come under global scrutiny since the 2015 $1 billion lawsuit filed by former professional American football players against the NFL. Shutterstock

Rugby, concussions and duty of care: why the game is facing scrutiny

Brain injuries and the long-term health effects in professional sport have become significant issues in the past decade.
The decision by World Rugby to ban trans players from participating in women’s events is another setback for transgender athletes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

World Rugby’s ban on trans players has nothing to do with so-called ‘fairness’

If "fairness" is why trans players have been banned by World Rugby, then sport bodies need to realize many athletes have an unfair advantage because of issues like class and cultural backgrounds.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during Premier League match between against Crystal Palace in January 2020. EPA-EFE/PETER POWELL

Manchester City and Saracens – economic theory in action

Financial scandals have damaged the integrity of both clubs. With the rewards for cheating so high, harsher punishments are needed.
Sikhumbuzo Notshe of the Stormers (L) is tackled by Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders (R) during a Super Rugby match between New Zealand’s Highlanders and South Africa’s Stormers. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Long-haul flights and Super Rugby performance: what the science says

Travel is commonly perceived as "the" major factor affecting a team's performance.
The NSW Blues’ Cody Walker is one of several players who will remain silent during the Australian national anthem at Wednesday’s State of Origin match. Dean Lewins/AAP

Our national anthem is non-inclusive: Indigenous Australians shouldn’t have to sing it

Several Indigenous rugby league players have vowed not to sing the national anthem during this week's State of Origin match. Will the protest spark a conversation, or fizzle out?
A tribunal will decide Thursday if Rugby Australia has the right to terminate Folau’s contract over his controversial social media posts – a dispute that raises questions about free speech, religious freedom and human rights and discrimination law. Paul Barkley/AAP

Explainer: does Rugby Australia have legal grounds to sack Israel Folau for anti-gay social media posts?

Folau has sought a full code of conduct committee hearing to decide his future with Rugby Australia. Depending on how the tribunal rules, the case could be heading to federal court next.

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