There's a blurred line in rugby between inspiring hard man and psychotic thug.

History has had one too many of the latter, making it difficult to recognise and differentiate the former and almost impossible to celebrate them.

Times have changed, too, and there is a reluctance to even flirt with the prospect of being accused of glorifying the impacts and collisions.


But rugby in essence is nothing but an endless test of individual courage and resilience because it relies on players being prepared to be brave.

Too easily and readily the admiration flows for those with speed, agility and