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