It has not been a great week for rugby in the press. The tragic news that a Royal Marine, enjoying some downtime in Durban, was beaten to death outside the stadium after the Sharks v Rebels game last weekend sent shockwaves through the rugby world. A terrible anomaly in a sport whose culture is defined by respect and camaraderie amongst fans, it is nonetheless worrying and shocking.
There has also been plenty in the news recently about players themselves misbehaving. Whilst the All Blacks' Zac Guildford and Australia's Kurtley Beale are the latest to fall foul of alcohol-fuelled misdemeanours, it is not a new problem amongst rugby players. In fact, in the past five years there have been 25 instances in which players have sought help for alcohol or drugs related issues.
Sadly, it is something which seems to be becoming more prominent.
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- Zac Guildford