Rugby fans fume over new high tackle laws

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    World rugby has just introduced new laws regarding high tackles in the game effective immediately to increase player welfare and safety, but not everyone is a fan of the changes.

    A two-category system has been brought in, leaving the referee to interpret if a dangerous tackle is “reckless” or “accidental”.

    In the case of reckless tackles, if a player even hits the shoulders and slides up, they can receive a yellow or even a red card if it’s deemed bad enough.

    And the issue of what constitutes accidental also comes under a bit of scrutiny.

    While the issue of concussions and player safety is always an important one in any sport, the rule changes have left a lot of questions unanswered and remain fairly unclear.

    It’s safe to say there are plenty of rugby fans who aren’t too pleased with the rule changes.










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    • January 5th 2017 @ 1:23pm
      Redsfan1 said | January 5th 2017 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

      Rugby s becoming an over governed nanny state. Punters will lose interest as this will make shrill referees like Nigel Owens s even more prominent in games. Wonder how much game time is going great to be lost now? Already only 30 mins out of 80 is open play.

    • January 5th 2017 @ 1:47pm
      Rob said | January 5th 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

      Everyone will be playing touch once World Rugby get an NFL-sized lawsuit. And don’t fool yourself by thinking one isn’t coming, especially if they don’t take measures to prevent more people getting concussions.

      • January 11th 2017 @ 5:01am
        Jumbo said | January 11th 2017 @ 5:01am | ! Report

        It’s simple, add an agreement into every contract, your still covered by insurance but you agreed that the risk was there. No claims to be made..

    • January 5th 2017 @ 2:38pm
      ethan said | January 5th 2017 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

      So many controversial, possibly biased, decisions on their way, as to what is ‘reckless’ and what is ‘accidental’. This is bad.

    • January 5th 2017 @ 5:53pm
      Sircoolalot said | January 5th 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

      I prefer to look at the positives and hope that teams will look to use the offload in contact, at least those those are the teams who will prosper the most. Not the ones who use it cynically. Expect the allblacks to ramp up their attacking play even more

    • January 5th 2017 @ 7:41pm
      DavSA said | January 5th 2017 @ 7:41pm | ! Report

      The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    • January 5th 2017 @ 9:59pm
      m said | January 5th 2017 @ 9:59pm | ! Report

      Brilliant law. Keep the skills and reduce the major injuries. If people are keen on keeping head high tackles they should play nrl where most head high tackles are condoned.

      • January 6th 2017 @ 1:27am
        Daire Thornton said | January 6th 2017 @ 1:27am | ! Report

        I agree. In recent years the game has become too much about collisions and brutal tackles. As a result there seems to be way more head injuries and concussions than ever before. Something had to be done.

        Whether the new laws work or not remains to be seen but at least World Rugby are trying to address the very obvious problems in modern rugby union. If the rules need to be evolved and tweaked as they progress to remove the potential for feigning injury then so be it.

        However, potential stumbling blocks shouldn’t discourage positive change.

        • January 14th 2017 @ 1:00am
          Harry said | January 14th 2017 @ 1:00am | ! Report

          The laws have always been in place – it’s simply that the referees were not enforcing them – this is a backward step and will further reduce the appeal of the game with more i necessary stoppages, playing possum by players and another opportunity for grandstanding snowflake referees like Nigel Owens to make the game even more about him than he does now !

      • January 6th 2017 @ 6:03am
        Redsfan1 said | January 6th 2017 @ 6:03am | ! Report

        Or people don’t want to see contact they can watch soccer. Rugby already has strict enough rules on dangerous tackles. This is a joke.

      • January 7th 2017 @ 3:29pm
        Andrew said | January 7th 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

        I think the stats show something like 85% of head injuries that occur are to the tackler not the tackled player. So at best these laws can reduce them by 15%, but is more likely to increase injuries to players making the tackle.

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