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In defense of rugby

In response to the article "Violence Darkens Rugby's Future," Oct. 25, I would like to point out that rugby is not a violent sport. There is more violence (in the sense of deliberate intention to harm) in American football or professional ice-hockey.Rugby is a tough physical-contact sport, but when played in the right spirit, under the discipline of a good referee, it remains a great team sport. Alistair Budd, London, England Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.