Community Rugby to Trial Lower Tackle Height after World Rugby Approval
In a bid to reduce the risks of brain injuries happening on the rugby pitch, World Rugby has given its approval for community rugby teams to trial a lower tackle height. With the hope of reducing concussion rates in the sport, they have supported this move to change the tackle height to below the armpit line, making it easier for players to make lower tackles.
What is the current tackle height?
Currently, the laws of rugby allow for tackles to be made above the waistline, which often leads to high tackles, putting players at risk of concussion. Research shows that 30% of concussions in professional rugby are caused by high tackles, so changing the tackle height below the armpit line will provide a safer game for all rugby players.
What will change with the lower tackle height?
By reducing the height of tackles, players will be able to tackle safely and reduce the risk of concussions. This trial will involve using a ‘blue card’ system, where any tackle above the armpit line will receive a blue card, forcing the player to leave the pitch for a five-minute concussion check. Not only will this trial reduce the number of concussions in rugby, but it will also promote better tackling techniques among players, encouraging them to make lower and safer tackles.
Who will participate in the trial?
The trial for the lower tackle height is set to occur in January 2022, and community rugby teams across the globe will participate. The trial will also include under-18 teams to evaluate if the changes make the game safer for younger players. World Rugby hopes to reduce the number of concussions during rugby matches and expects these trials to pave the way to safer rugby.
The importance of keeping rugby safe
Rugby is a sport that instills discipline, teamwork, and overcoming challenges. However, this should not come at the cost of players’ safety, and that is why this new initiative should be supported globally. With player welfare being at the forefront of the sport’s governing body’s agenda, we can expect more safety measures to be implemented in the future. Rugby should continue to encourage new players to join and maintain a safe environment so that the sport can grow and welcome more players.
World Rugby has approved the lower tackle height in the hope of reducing concussions in rugby. The new trial will change the current tackle height from above the waistline to below the armpit line, making it easier to make lower and safer tackles. Players will be able to make better tackles, with the blue card system promoting better tackling techniques. Community rugby teams will participate in the trial, as under-18 teams will evaluate whether the changes will make the game safer for younger players. Rugby should continue making player welfare a priority, enabling more players to join and keep a safer environment on the rugby field. #RugbyTackleHeight #RugbyConc #SaferRugby. #SPORT