Rugby is a competitive, contact sport. Consequently, injuries can occur. However, the injury rates are actually less than other similar competitive contact sports, and the vast majority of injuries are usually minor in nature. In addition, for the younger age groups, Under 12, they do not play a full rugby side of 15 players, but field either 12, 10 or 7 players on the field, without full scrummaging, and injuries are even less frequent.
Many people (particularly Americans) that are not familiar with rugby may view it as football without pads, and therefore, only crazy people must play the game. This, of course, is not true (for the most part). Many normal, well adjusted human beings play rugby around the world because of the many health benefits, the excellent physical conditioning, the competition, the camaraderie and most importantly, the fun of the sport.
For those potential players (and potentially concerned parents) that are nervous or worried about playing, please see the articles below that offer an explanation about the nature of the game.