Tackle Height Survey
The RFU has launched a series of initiatives to listen to and learn from people across the game by consulting on the process around implementation of a lower tackle height in the community game.
The consultation will enable the game to discuss the motivations behind the change and the needs to be factored in to make the implementation a success.
We are seeking the support of the community game to implement change in a way that ensures rugby remains the sport we all know and love. In addition to the survey, a series of online and face-to-face consultations are currently taking place across the country.
We’ve been working with Constituent Bodies to ensure the consultation reaches a broad and representative cross-section of people – from players and coaches, through to match and disciplinary officials, and to club volunteers and parents representing both the adult and junior male and female game.
Changing the tackle height is an important step in reducing the risk of concussion in the community game. It’s backed by a large body of scientific evidence,(opens in a new tab) and is aligned with recent steps taken by France, other Home Nations and New Zealand.
After external analysis of all the data, the feedback will be taken back to the RFU Council to determine the way forward.
Take the survey now(opens in a new tab). Deadline: 22nd March
You may also have seen in media coverage this week that World Rugby’s Executive Board has recommended a reduction in tackle height in the community game to below the sternum. Unions will be able to determine the exact tackle height within their jurisdiction.