ljkeane Posted January 22 Author Share Posted January 22 7 minutes ago, Which Tyler said: Yes, upper body is safer than hip or knee - but we're talking about forcing anyone to tackle at hip or knee; and we already have data on tackles made at hip and knee level. We have data, or least Ross Tucker is talking about his data, on tackles made under the current rules when people are choosing to make those types of tackles with different options available. I'm not a great rugby player by any means but I am a reasonable tackler. In fact I do usually try to make low tackles but I do it when I'm set in a good position to make a tackle, if I have to react late to a ball carrier I'm not set to tackle I'll usually make what Tucker's calling a 'soak' type tackle on the upper body. Under these new rules I wouldn't have that option so I would be having to make low tackles when I'm in a bad position to do so. That's a variable that's not accounted for in what he's talking about. 15 minutes ago, Which Tyler said: Yes, of course head on head impacts can still happen - it's called mitigation, not elimination. How upset would you be if the RFU did take 2-person tackles out of the equation (like the French)? No I wouldn't be happy because it's another drastic change in the sport. But, yes, it probably would reduce the number of concussions. And rugby would still be a risky sport to play. 17 minutes ago, Which Tyler said: "We knew but chose not to do anything" is a legal defence that would be struck down before you'd even finished the sentence. When the evidence is decisive, no consultation is actually necessary - it'd be nice, and a complete waste of time. 'Here are the risks to playing the rugby as we know them please sign a release saying you're aware of them and want to continue to play' is a pretty sound legal defence so far as I'm aware. Here's the thing, ultimately any sport is there for the people who actually want to play them. Otherwise what's the point? It's very clear that the people playing rugby don't support these changes and for a sport already struggling with participation levels that's a big problem. When was the last time you actually turned out to play a game? You seem to be pretty dismissive of the people who're actually going to be impacted by this. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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