Rugby players are ‘crash dummies’ for ‘money men’

first_img BuzzSuperDetails About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Leave You SpeechlessBuzzSuper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Former England captain Dylan Hartley From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on August 17, 2020 Former England captain Dylan Hartley has opened up about the brutal nature of professional rugby’s transition from a semi-professional sport.In a wide-ranging interview with England’s Daily Telegraph, Hartley looked back on his Test career and spoke about working with Eddie Jones.ALSO READ: ‘Eddie Jones ended my career with three words’The 34-year-old hooker made his Test debut for England back in 2008 and played Test rugby for over a decade, captaining the nation and winning 97 caps.However, a plethora of injuries – including bone breaks, ligament tears, snapped tendons, popped ribs, nerve damage and bulging discs – caused Hartley to miss a total of 1,320 days of his career.Reflecting on his career, which ended in 2018 due to an ongoing knee injury, the ex-Northampton Saints player made a brutally honest admission about how both he and his teammates have been treated in the professional era of rugby.‘My generation of players have been crash dummies for a sport in transition from semi-professionalism,’ Hartley told the Telegraph.‘It’s being reshaped, subtly but relentlessly, by money men, geo-politicians, talking heads and television executives. They treat us as warm bodies, human widgets.‘It would be wrong to attempt to skirt the unavoidable truth that as players become bigger, faster and stronger they will be chewed up and spat out quicker,’ Hartley said.The Telegraphreported that to this day, Hartley is still affected by the injuries that he suffered during his rugby career. Due to three concussions late in his career, Hartley still gets dizzy spells and muddles his words.‘I try to enjoy what’s happening now, but it’s always a concern,’ Hartley added on his concerns of long-term brain injury.Full interviewPhoto: David Rodgers/Getty Images Posted in Test Rugby, Top headlines ‘ ‘ Post by SA Rugby magazine  729  45center_img Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ 熱門話題小心會瘦過快…網友推爆:「真的瘦的超誇張!」熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Rugby players are ‘crash dummies’ for ‘money men’ ‘last_img read more