New tackle-height proposals are dividing opinion amongst the rugby union community.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) announcement suffered a substantial backlash and has left the sport at a significant crossroad.

Former Waterloo star, James Harper, now playing professionally for Sale Sharks, has suggested that measures are already being put in place to combat the game’s head injury issues. Harper believes that allowing only tackles below the waist can be detrimental to the game.

John Murray, a head injury consultant at the Royal Hospital in Liverpool, argues a different case. Working alongside athletes on a regular basis, most recently at Cheltenham Racecourse, he advocates for a must needed change to the tackle rules if rugby union is to survive.

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