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World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Absolutely what I was arguing, thank you for your contribution. Wouldn't it have been a shame if a sensible thread got sidelined into a series of ridiculous straw man arguments?

Look, we have players who are retiring with serious problems due to the number of concussions they've received. Those brain injuries can lead to serious conditions later in life. Players across all levels of the game are getting bigger as our knowledge about weight training, nutrition, and so on improves. Our brains remain the same.

Why the hell wouldn't we want to protect people who are playing the game?

I know you, and others, have an issue with the gladiatorial nature of the game being (you feel) stripped away. I'm afraid it's a view that I have little time for. Rugby remains, for 99.9% of the people who play it, a game which they enjoy playing on the weekend and then they go back to their lives. For the game to not take into account what we know about the dangers of concussions is, for me, unforgivable.

In Cane's case, and in many others like it, people get injured because of an accidental collision. This rule change simply clarifies that there IS something wrong if two players clash heads, and if the person initiating the tackle (and argue what you like, but Cane was moving into position to tackle) hasn't gone low enough to prevent a head injury, then they have committed an offence. The tackler has a duty of care towards the person they are tackling.

Cane was not standing still, as you know, but was instead moving to cover an attacker.

8 Months, 2 Days ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Because he was moving into the tackle area, he was clearly approaching the guy to tackle him. Yes, he had him step towards him, but he was initiating contact. He has a responsibility to take the other player's safety into consideration.

He wasn't standing still. Penalty, no more. He wasn't completely blameless, but no card was deserved.

8 Months, 2 Days ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Agreed that three years isn't enough.

8 Months, 2 Days ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

I love the fact that you've correctly identified that I should have said it was her sex, not her gender. This is exactly the sort of petty attention to detail which makes the world go around.

8 Months, 2 Days ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

RD, we don't need to add 'female' to that headline. It's shocking regardless of her gender.

8 Months, 3 Days ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Cane's incident is the BEST to use. It would surely count as an accidental tackle. Penalty, no more.

8 Months, 3 Days ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

We already live in a world where they might do that. We suspect that some players are dropping their head and shoulders when being lifted in the tackle in order to get a tackler banned. It has still had the overall affect of lessening the number of tip tackles.

I'm all for it.

Yes, the laws will be abused, they always are, but you have to put player safety first.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Less tackles around the head, good thing.
Lower tackles lead to more offloads, good thing.
Fewer players having careers cut short due to head injuries, good thing.
Accidental tackles being recognised as a 'thing', good... er... thing.

Happy with these guidelines. Basically if you're not careful and smash someone in the head, expect a card. If they dip and you clip their head by accident, then it might just be a penalty. The referees now have a bit more flexibility, not less.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

That's because all of those top try videos are boring and sanitised! How many comments do most of those things get?! It's nothing to do with them being French, FFS.

8 Months, 5 Days ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Mate, how many front rowers have you met who didn't have anger management problems?

8 Months, 6 Days ago