Recently, there was a bloke from Sydney who died while playing a game of Rugby League. He got shoulder charged in the heart region. He got up and kept on playing, but after the game he went to the hopsital and they said to him, your fine go get some rest, when he went back to his house, his mum found him dead while lying on the couch.
There are records of deaths associated with the game. In majority they have occurred after the match because of injuries incurred. Many of these sad events have been due to head and neck injuries. The game IS tough and as many internationals have commented on in recent months, "hits are bigger, player speed and momentum has increased in both codes in the past 10 years and as a result many tackles are taking their toll".