Last month the RFU Council voted to adopt law changes to lower the tackle height in community rugby(opens in a new tab) to below the base of the sternum to improve player safety by reducing the risk of head-to-head contact and concussion.
To support players, coaches, referees, volunteers and CBs with these changes ahead of the 2023/24 season, a comprehensive range of online resources, guidance documents, training videos and face-to-face training opportunities are being created by the RFU to run from May, throughout the summer and into next season.
All resources, informed by community game feedback provided through the consultation process, will be made available via the England Rugby TackleHeight Hub(opens in a new tab).
Resources available on the Tackle Height Hub include:
- Tackle height roadmap(opens in a new tab)
- Responsibilities of the tackler graphic*(opens in a new tab)
- Responsibilities of the ball carrier graphic*(opens in a new tab)
- Legal tackle height examples(opens in a new tab)
- Tackle height picture quiz(opens in a new tab)
- Tackle height law information pack(opens in a new tab)
- Law application guidance(opens in a new tab)
- Sanction framework(opens in a new tab)
- Tackle height information video(opens in a new tab)
- Tackle height guidance video(opens in a new tab)
*Please note, physical poster versions of the tackler and ball carrier graphics will be sent to RFU Affiliated clubs.
These resources and training materials will also be supplemented by existing RFU guidance and training, including an updated RFU Headcase toolkit(opens in a new tab).