ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER “Play­ers must get be­hind high-hits clam­p­down”

Rugby World - - FRONT ROW - Sarah Mock­ford, Ed­i­tor

RUGBY HAS not gone soft. It’s ar­guably tougher than ever, with play­ers now fit­ter, faster, big­ger and stronger. And every pro­fes­sional rugby game will see tack­les that live up to that pop­u­lar mod­ern-day de­scrip­tion ‘col­li­sions’.

What has changed is the fo­cus on player safety. The in­creased aware­ness of con­cus­sion and the de­sire to pro­tect play­ers, and par­tic­u­larly their heads, has seen the clam­p­down on high tack­les.

You will never pre­vent in­juries in rugby – it’s a con­tact sport. You will never pre­vent head in­juries ei­ther. How­ever, you can make changes to try to re­duce head hits and that’s what the of­fi­cials are do­ing – with a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to force­ful tack­les to the head.

No one wants to see games ru­ined by red cards but play­ers need to recog­nise these changes are made for their safety.

Here’s hop­ing talk this month fo­cuses on great skill on show in Europe and not a send­ing-off. This is­sue is packed with fea­tures from across the con­ti­nent. En­joy!

Email: sarah.mock­ford@ti-me­dia.com Phone: 01252 55272Twit­ter: @heel­son­halfway

In the line of duty Can Sara­cens’ free-scor­ing back three make their mark in Europe?

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.