In what has been a challenging few months for rugby’s governing body in England, a new challenge may now be on the horizon.
In the wake of their controversial announcement surrounding the introduction of a new tackle rule for the grassroots game.
It would now appear as though a vote of no confidence brought on by grassroots clubs could be brought forward.
Releasing a statement about the decision, the RFU said, “We understand the rugby community has a range of questions in reaction to the recent announcement that the tackle height is to be lowered across the community game from next season.
“We recognise the change is challenging, and the community game has understandably provided significant feedback on the change.
“However, the large body of scientific evidence strongly indicates that it will reduce the incidence of head injuries in the community game.
“There will be further discussions with Council members during the next few days before further details on the intent and details around the changes are published to the wider game.
“We consider the decision to reduce the tackle height to be the start of the process, to allow for a period of engagement in the coming weeks with groups of coaches, players and referees, drawn from across the country and from all levels of the game, including the men’s women’s and age-grade game, over the detail, intent and implications of the law change, before finalising it.”
Based on reporting by The Times, 200 clubs have called for a special general meeting of the RFU.