It is likely that it's only a matter of time before someone in professional rugby breaks their neck and is paralysed. We will respond then with much more severe laws and punishments, but the price paid will be huge for some unfortunate player. If De Luca was faced with the threat of losing 1-2 year's earnings, he would have figured out how to control that tackle. Laws should create appropriate deterrents, clearly the tip tackle law is not a sufficient deterrent at present.
Any hit in the upper chest is legal, and that's a problem, as in this situation when it literally upends a player, or when the tackled player's head snaps forward onto the tackling shoulder and they get a head injury/concussion. But the high contact is legal, as long as some sort of arm wrapping gesture occurs. »