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Rugby union has long been recognised as a contact sport. This paper serves to describe the number, legality and outcome with regard to injury and occupational illness of such contacts and collisions over two different seasons for a very large cohort of players. Medical practitioners involved in assisting such teams need to be aware of the riskier elements of the game and also need to make the law‐makers aware of how the game can be made safer. This could be done through educating law‐makers themselves on the consequences of injuries and by outlining the potential to minimise serious harm in the various settings where injuries seem to occur repetitively.