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Rugby Australia is committed to player safety and longevity. That’s why we’re backing World Rugby’s recommendation to lower the tackle height in the community game to below the sternum.

Rugby Australia has confirmed that from February 2024, it will implement a new trial that will see the legal height of tackles in the game lowered to below the sternum. The new law (9.13) will see dangerous tackling now deemed to include, but not be limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the sternum.

This will apply to all domestic rugby competitions (excluding Super Rugby Pacific & Super Rugby W).

Rugby club administrators and participants are encouraged to download social media assets via this link to share among their communities.

Coach education - FRP

Smart Tackle - Education

To assist coaches, match officials, and players with the Tackle Height law changes, Rugby Australia and its Member Unions will be hosting Smart Tackle clinics, webinars and eLearning courses.

Volunteers

Letter to Administrators

Rugby Australia is committed to providing safe, fair and inclusive rugby environments for players with the attached letter detailing the changes to all our volunteers.

Community coach

Letter to Coaches

Rugby Australia is committed to providing safe, fair and inclusive rugby environments for players with the attached letter detailing the changes to all our coaches.

Community referee

Letter to Match Officials

Rugby Australia is committed to providing safe, fair and inclusive rugby environments for players with the attached letter detailing the changes to all our match officials.

Junior players

Letter to Players

Rugby Australia is committed to providing safe, fair and inclusive rugby environments with the attached letter detailing the changes to all our players.

Tackle height FAQs

FAQs

Rugby Australia has produced some responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please select the link below to view the Tackle Height FAQs.

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Tackle Height Press Conference