One of them deals with tackle height, the other, tackle positioning. In what appears to have been widely misinterpreted news release, World Rugby will run two separate high tackle law trials, in two different tournaments, the first of which kicks off this week. The key change in the law will centre around the height of acceptable tackles, with a view to turning trials into permanent law and extending them to the senior game as well.
NZ's Marino Mikaele-Tu'u celebrates scoring against Australia at the under world championship. Source:Getty Images. WORLD Rugby will trial rule changes at under competitions that lower the height of tackles to reduce the risk of head injury, particularly concussion, the governing body said.
Junior Wallabies coach Jason Gilmore has applauded World Rugby's so-called new "nipple law" but called for common sense in its application. Gilmore is in France preparing the Australia for the Under 20s World Championship, the first competition to trial the new tackle laws that were announced last week. He had just taken the squad through their first contact session working under the new laws, which lowered the acceptable tackle height from below the shoulders to below the nipple line.
World Rugby is trialling rule changes in men's international unders competitions that includes lowering the height of tackles to "below the nipple line" to reduce the risk of head injuries. The current height for a legal tackle is in the line with the shoulders but World Rugby said in a statement released on Friday Saturday NZ time that "unprecedented research" found that 76 per cent of head injuries occur in the tackle. The trials are aiming to alter player behaviour by getting tacklers to attempt lower tackles and there will also be revised sanctions on and off the field. World Rugby believe the changes would reduce risks, particularly of concussion, which has become more prominent in the professional game in tandem with the sport becoming faster and more heavy collisions taking place.
Referees admit the new "nipple line" is proving difficult to monitor, as World Rugby strives to lower concussion rates. Data collated by the sport's world governing body from head injury assessments HIA in major competitions across both hemispheres between andshowed 76 per cent of concussions were caused in the tackle. While there's been widespread concern about the effects of high tackles on the ball carrier, the data revealed the tackler was the victim 72 per cent of the time.
Two new laws affecting high tackles are to be trialled by World Rugby in an attempt to reduce the risk of head injuries. The changes, which will be tested at events including the World Under Championships beginning next week in France, include a reduction in the height of an acceptable tackle from the shoulder to "below the nipple line". A high tackle warning will also be issued if the tackler does not bend at the waist when committing to the tackle and if there is clear head contact with either player.
Referees admit the new "nipple line" is proving difficult to monitor, as World Rugby strives to lower concussion rates. Data collated by the sport's world governing body from head injury assessments HIA in major competitions across both hemispheres between andshowed 76 percent of concussions were caused in the tackle. While there's been widespread concern about the effects of high tackles on the ball carrier, the data revealed the tackler was the victim 72 percent of the time.
Which is kind of ironic when you consider the very reason the change has been made. The tackle line has been lowered in the hope of reducing concussion statistics. How will they know where nipple line is?
The nipple line has been scrapped — but rugby's desperate bid to beat concussion could see the game turned upside down if drastic new proposals are successful. World Rugby is considering new rules which include banning upright tackles and suspending concussed players, the Sydney Telegraph has reported. This follows research which shows tacklers have the highest concussion risk, particularly when upright.
World Rugby has continued its push to make the game safer, announcing a high-tackle law trial for next month's Junior World Championship in France. Citing data that says 76 percent of head injuries happen in the tackle and 72 percent of those occur to the tackler, players at the tournament will now adhere to a "below-the-nipple-line" target zone as opposed to the previous below the shoulder. The law trials have been brought in to encourage players to bend at the waist and aim for a lower hit zone, with World Rugby citing evidence a player is 4. Law 9.