Stop ruining our beloved game
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As a fan of Rugby Union all of my life , and as a former club player , it is my Goal to get the rule makers of our beloved game to listen to the fans .
In recent years there has been some justified concern for welfare of the players, be it amateur or professional, in regards to concussions.
I can guarantee that every participant understands the risks .
It’s just been anounced that a new law is to be trialled in the IRB international tournament for the world U20’s teams , the law is in regards to the tackle law , the new trial is to test the game with players unable to tackle above the “nipple line” .
firstly concussions are not happening from high tackles alone , concussions can happen in any collision from a tackle or contact area of the game ( which happens to be the whole game !) there are so many variables , head knocks from other players heads with multiple tacklers , tackled players falling into other players at the breakdown , a concussion can happen from a good solid front on tackle in the mid section that can cause whiplash or even contact from the ground , the list can go on and on !
we as fans are completely feed up with watching as the opposition team gets an advantage from a sin binning for a technicality from current tackle law, there is no clear interpretation happening from the referees! A tackle can be shoulder height now and slip up and brush the tackles players head with no force what so ever and the whistle blows ! Penalty given , the game swings away from the team just gaining momentum.
We fully support player welfare and ideas to combat concussions in sport , but this change in our view will not reduce concussions.
Please don’t further ruin our game with another law change !
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