A serious accident suspends the school’s rugby practice

The rugby competitions organized by the National Union of School Sport were stopped on the eve of the Christmas holidays after a serious accident during a match in Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées), AFP learned on Wednesday with the UNSS.

The accident occurred on December 14 during a tackle that left a 17-year-old high school student quadriplegic, also a player for the Bagnères-de-Bigorre club, according to Republic of the Pyrenees. Rugby training has been suspended since December 16, a UNSS spokesman told the news agency.

On Wednesday, a meeting was held with experts from the FFR (French Rugby Union) under a “mixed commission” to consider the follow-up and conditions for a resumption. The conclusions of this meeting will be given very soon.

An “incomprehensible” decision for SNEP

In a letter, the National Union of Physical Education (SNEP), affiliated to the FSU, questioned the UNSS about this suspension. “To suspend “so far”rugby in all its forms within sports associations as in UNSS meetings is incomprehensible.writes the union.

“You thus cast doubt on the professional skills of physical education teachers and undermine the trust that heads of institutions, IA-IPR (inspectors), parents and pupils have shown them”they continue. “We dispute the warm reaction”Benoit Hubert, general secretary of SNEP-FSU, told AFP.

Asked if rugby practice, which has been rocked at professional level for several years by an increase in concussions, is also monitored at this point in the school environment, Mr Hubert assured that “security measures are strict” in this discipline.

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