World Rugby Law Application: Head Contact

World Rugby have released a new Head Contact Process – (HCP)  Law Application Guideline, which is effective immediately. Online examples can be found by clicking here: https://www.world.rugby/the-game/laws/guidelines/17.

Consideration has been broadened within the HCP to include all illegal head and neck contact, including dangerous clean-outs, head-on-head collisions and head contact which arises from ball carriers leading with an elbow or forearm, in addition to high tackles and shoulder charges.

Please read this carefully as it will need to form part of your referee ‘toolkit’ as soon as rugby restarts.

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