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Rugby Australia won’t ban above-waist tackles as Wallabies star Drew Mitchell brands move ‘dramatic’


Rugby Australia (RA) will not be following their English counterparts by banning tackling above the waist – a move Wallabies legend Drew Mitchell labelled ‘a little bit dramatic’.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU), which governs rugby union in England, recently announced the most drastic change to the game in recent memory.

From July 1, amateur players of all ages must tackle an opposition player at the waist or below in an attempt to reduce the number of serious head injuries. 

Tackles to the chest will be made illegal at the levels of National One and below in the men’s game and Championship One and below in women’s rugby – but Australia won’t be following suit. 

Wallabies legend Drew Mitchell has applauded Rugby Australia for not following the lead of their England counterparts, who have recently banned tackles over the waist

Wallabies legend Drew Mitchell has applauded Rugby Australia for not following the lead of their England…



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