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Rugby decision misleading, researcher claims

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Research behind the World Rugby’s tackle-height trial was ‘dressing up corporate messaging as independent science,’ according to a researcher.

World Rugby made the controversial decision in July 2018 to trial lowering the height at which tackles can be made, changing the definition of a high tackle from above the line of the shoulders to above the armpit line.

World Rugby introduced this trial on championship rugby players in the UK to test the hypothesis that lowering tackle height would lower concussion incidence. Five months later, it was stopped because of an increase in the risk of players getting concussion.

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