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FFR want change to tackle height following tragedy

LanguedocLiving, Dec 27

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) and the French National League (LNR) have proposed changes to World Rugby to lower the legal height of a tackle to waist level.

During a meeting in Paris between the three governing bodies, French rugby chiefs, including FFR president Bernard Laporte, also suggested banning head-on-head tackles and those made by two players at the same time.

The conference was organised following the recent death of Stade Francais teenager Nicolas Chauvin - and the FFR have offered to trial the new laws in their amateur competitions. 19-year-old Chauvin died in hospital after suffering a broken neck, which triggered a heart-attack during a match in Bordeaux on Sunday 16th.

In September, World Rugby trialled lowering the tackle height from the shoulder to nipple line at the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Romania.

The organisation also confirmed it will put together a world forum to discuss player health and the evolution of the game's laws in March 2019 in France. It will begin the process of eventual law experimentation ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.

This article by Reg Gratton was first published in the Sports Wrap on Monday.

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