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Rugby league: Australia to get tough on dangerous tackles

Published on Apr 16, 2014 5:14 PM
 
Australia's National Rugby League (NRL)  told its match review committee on Wednesday to take a hard line against players who lift opponents into positions where head or neck injuries may occur. -- FILE PHOTO AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's National Rugby League (NRL) told its match review committee on Wednesday to take a hard line against players who lift opponents into positions where head or neck injuries may occur.

The move follows a review of the first six rounds of the season and comes after Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon was left with a devastating spinal injury following a lifting tackle.

"If you lift a player and put him in a dangerous position you will be charged unless you pull out quickly and return the player to a safe position," said NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.

A dangerous position is considered one in which the head or neck of the tackled player dips below the horizontal level of the hips and is not immediately corrected.

 
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