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#21 G Las D

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:12 PM

On the eve of NRL Round 4 ...
Shoulder charge/or not is still dividing opinion at all levels in the game:

FoxSports.au article:

Despite being rubbed out of the game, the controversial tackle is back dividing opinion.
On NRL 360 on Wednesday night, Maguire (Rabbitohs Coach) said he believes there should be strict penalties for those players who make contact with a player's head with the current system too hard to police.

“I think it’s going to still continually create controversy on what is and what isn’t a shoulder charge,” Maguire said on NRL360.

“As a rugby league lover I love those clashes.

“I would say if it got contact with the head then obviously ramifications have got to come.

“To watch last year when Greg Inglis picks up the ball on a kick return and Chrissy Sandow comes down and bounces off him, we all probably had a chuckle. It was actually great contact, you miss those sorts of parts of the game.”

However Australian coach Tim Sheens disagreed, stating the modern game has no room for such risky practice.

“Old scrums are gone and getting stomped on the ground is gone and getting hit behind the ear is gone,” Sheens said.

“Today the game is about a certain amount of safety and the shoulder charge it’s alright to say (penalise him) if he hits him in the head but if he does (hit his head) it can kill him.”


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#22 DiddyDave

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:11 AM

Well,the potential four match ban got down graded to one,so Manly clearly have a few mates at the judiciary. Needless to say,the Titans are far from impressed,but are diplomatically saying nothing and I guess the real impact of this cop out won`t be felt until the next one comes along. All I can say is,if it had been one of the Warriors,they would`ve been facing a big ban,and I`m not joking.

#23 G Las D

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:46 AM


The NRL has made another change to the shoulder charge rule, making players who attempt the tackle even more likely to face suspension.



The controversial tackling technique was outlawed in the off-season but the new interpretation has caused confusion over the opening rounds, culmunating in another tweak to the wording.

The latest change appears to be a reaction to Manly enforcer Richie Fa'aoso's round three clash with Gold Coast Titans forward Ashley Harrison.

Harrison was knocked out when a shoulder charge from Fa'aoso caused his body to jolt and ultimately resulted in a sickening head clash that forced the Queensland State of Origin player to be stretchered from the field.



While Fa'aoso was placed on report and charged with dangerous contact by the match review committee, he was able to get the charge downgraded and only missed one week as a result of the wording of the law.

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He may not have the same success if called before the judiciary in future after the NRL on Thursday announced the rule change.

A statement from the NRL described the adjustment as a clarification.

"The amendment clarifies that the shoulder charge offence will now include incidents where there is forceful contact from a shoulder charge between any part of the tackling player’s body and the head/neck of the tackled player or where the shoulder charge results in the forceful movement of, or the impact to, the head or neck," the statement says.


According to NRL general manager of football operations, Nathan McGuirk, it was important for players to have clarity.

“The banning of the shoulder charge was an important statement about the (ARL) Commission’s focus on player safety and a significant rule change,” McGuirk said.

“We continue to monitor the effectiveness of the rules in ensuring that shoulder charges are no longer a part of the game and this change is a part of that process.”


The law banning shoulder charges has been re-worded to better reflect the intentions of the NRL in banning it.


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