RFU under pressure to justify ban on tackles above waist in amateur rugby

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  • Saracens’ Mark McCall latest coach to say more research needed
  • Johnny Sexton and Andy Farrell voiced disquiet on Monday

Pressure is building on the Rugby Football Union to produce more evidence that outlawing tackles above the waist at non-professional level from this summer will improve the game or make it safer. Criticism of the proposed trial has been widespread among amateur clubs nationwide with Mark McCall, Saracens’ director of rugby, the latest high-profile coach to argue that more detailed research is needed.

The clubs believe they were not properly consulted in advance of the changes being voted through and moves are afoot to force a special general meeting to reverse the decision. Clubs in Staffordshire have already mandated their representative on the RFU Council to reverse his vote and others are keen to follow, upset that council members voted unanimously for the change without sufficient consultation.

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Written by Robert Kitson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jan/24/rfu-under-pressure-justify-ban-tackles-above-waist-amateur-rugby under the title “RFU under pressure to justify ban on tackles above waist in amateur rugby”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.