Tackle trial in RFU championship cup

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that a tackle height law trial is to take place in the new Championship Cup competition for the 2018/19 season.

In collaboration with World Rugby, an amendment to Law 9.13 will operate in the new cup competition, altering the definition of a high tackle from above the line of the shoulders to above the armpit line.

The trial aims to assess the impact of introducing a lower tackle height in elite adult rugby on the incidence of concussion and other injuries, player behaviour in the tackle, the nature of tackles, head injury events and other game events. This important player welfare initiative will include all 43 games in the pool stages and play-off rounds of the competition.

A detailed analysis of this trial will be compared to existing data from the English professional game to help inform any wider approach. All data will be shared with World Rugby to be added to research collected from a similar trial in the World Rugby U20 Trophy competition.

“We’d like to thank the Championship clubs for their support of the trial next season and look forward to working with them on this important player welfare initiative," said Nigel Melville RFU professional rugby director.

“The RFU is committed to an evidence-based approach to injury-prevention.

"We know from our latest professional rugby injury surveillance report that 47% of all match injuries are associated with the tackle and that concussion accounted for 19% of all injuries to the ball carrier and 43% of all injuries to the tackler, highlighting the tackle as the key game event when developing concussion reduction strategies.

“We believe lowering the height of the tackle will benefit both the ball carrier and the tackler. The Championship Cup provides an opportunity for us to assess the impact of lowering the height of the tackle on the elite adult game and will be a critical part of helping us develop game-wide approaches to concussion and injury reduction.”
Evidence-based approach

Bill Beaumont World Rugby Chairman added: “World Rugby applauds the RFU and the Championship Cup clubs for embracing this important trial.

The global game is committed to an evidence-based approach to injury prevention and the outcomes from this trial, coupled with those from the World Rugby U20 Championship and U20 Trophy events, will provide World Rugby with comprehensive data and feedback to inform our continued commitment to further reducing concussion risk in rugby.”

There will be an initial meeting on 5 August for directors of rugby, forwards and backs coaches and a senior player representative from all Greene King IPA Championship clubs, as well as all referees and assistant referees to ensure sufficient preparation time ahead of the Championship Cup, which commences on 10 November.

Greene King IPA Championship chairman Geoff Irvine added: "Obviously player welfare is at the top of everyone's agenda and any action that is a potential benefit to the players is welcomed by the clubs"
see https://www.championshiprugby.co.uk...duced-for-new-championship-cup/?sf194275264=1
 

Ciaran Trainor


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Let's hope there is video footage of what is and isn't acceptable. What is the definition of the Armpit line?
 

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a step in the right direction for a trial for sure.

And yes - is armpit line the line where a shoulder must be below? Or the highest point of the tackler's body eg crown of head.

But lets applaud the attempt. It's certainly less daft than playing with lineout numbers...

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Let technology solve the problem and have an impact sensitive area in the shirts above the arm pits. Nah, let's not and let the referee sort it out.

I suspect that there will be a ton of iffy calls. The 'above the shoulders' was an easy spot when the arm went over the shoulder.
 

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Will teams start to design jerseys with different colour panels to help the referee see when their opponents are tackling illegally?
 
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