23 Sep 2012
Scottish Conservative MSP Nanette Milne has written to rugby’s governing bodies over a ruling banning young players from wearing special prescription ‘sports goggles’.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has said the glasses are not allowed because of safety fears.
Nanette Milne, MSP for the North East and Sports and Commonwealth Games spokeswoman, said:
“I know of no incidences which have occurred from children playing rugby whilst wearing prescription goggles.
“In light of the success and pride which the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics have provided, and as we look towards the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, everything should be being done to encourage our young folk to take up sport and create inclusive sporting opportunities.
“This seems to be a case where Health and Safety laws have gone mad and I hope that in the interests of encouraging our young folk to take up sport, as well as developing the sporting stars of tomorrow, common sense will prevail.
“In recent years Scottish Rugby has undertaken a great amount of good positive work to provide youth training opportunities and this has had, at its heart, a policy of inclusion of all children.
“I have written to the Chief Executives of both the International Rugby Board (IRB) and Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) to highlight my opposition to such a move.”