England coach Eddie Jones says the allowable height of tackles should be lowered in youth rugby. This will further lower the risk of brain injuries in the sport, he explained.
Jones voiced his opinions regarding health-related matters in an exclusive interview with a prominent online news site, saying he felt rugby was moving in a good direction on the issue of safeguarding players from especially head injuries. He said while he was happy with how the issue was being tackled at elite levels of the sport, some work remained to be done for under-12 players.
The current rule is that tackles in under-18 rugby must be restricted to below the armpits. While the sport’s governing body is currently considering lowering the limits to below the waist, Jones said he’d like to see the restriction lowered even further for younger contestants. He said teaching people to tackle below the hips from an early age will help make this their “normal”, which will go a long way should they continue with the game when they’re older.
The England coach also said rugby needs to learn a lesson from everything that’s been going on with injuries and lawsuits of late. He said he would also like to see the sport provide after-care for players diagnosed with diseases of the brain resulting from their time on the field.
Jones said the ideal situation would be for World Rugby to set aside a portion of funding gained from every World Cup for looking after players who have suffered damage to their health.
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