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Should league ban the shoulder charge?

Digital image / P.K. Stowers
Digital image / P.K. Stowers

Fans and players are outraged the shoulder charge is to be banned from the NRL, but team doctors have welcomed the move.

The Australian Rugby League Commission outlawed the no-arms tackle last night, ruling it was too dangerous in the current game, with the increased size of players leading to an unacceptable injury risk.

The shoulder charge has been in the spotlight after a handful of tackles led to players being knocked out in the 2012 NRL in particular.

An ARLC review into the tackle found that while it only accounted for 0.05 percent of tackles in the season, 17 percent resulted in contact with the head of the attacking player, and 5 percent resulted in injury.

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"Shoulder Charging and spectacular tackles are all part of the game, these are paid professionals who take a known risk doing what they love doing."

Tristan Gareth Vine

"A shoulder charge is to hurt the opposition, possibly get the player hurt to the extent of having to leave the field. It's just plain thuggery."

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