With the Rugby World Cup this fall, fans are flocking to France from all over the world to cheer on their team. France’s star player Antoine Dupont captained les Bleus to the quarter-finals before getting knocked out by South Africa – this after suffering a fractured cheekbone and undergoing major surgery earlier in the tournament. Rugby players are no strangers to this type of injury – the field is dotted with players wearing “scrum caps” to protect from cauliflower ears and violent tackles are the name of the game. Why are we drawn to watching such a violent sport, when we know people are likely to get hurt?
DION, D. (2023). A Moral Tightrope: Why Do We Accept Violence in Sports? ESSEC Knowledge.