Il Guinness PRO12 introduce il prossimo fine settimana, quello della 13esima giornata, il nuovo regolamento sui placcaggi alti, recependo la direttiva di World Rugby che ha “redefined illegal (high) tackle categories and increased sanctions.”
Dal 3 gennaio 2017 “the minimum on-field sanction for a reckless (high) tackle will be a yellow card with a maximum of red, while the minimum on-field sanction for an accidental (high) tackle will be a penalty. These measures come in an effort to introduce a zero-tolerance policy across the game of rugby union towards reckless and accidental contact with the head.”
Ed Morrison, Independent Referees Commissioner per il Guinness PRO12, ha detto che “player safety has to be the number one priority for everyone involved in rugby and this refocus on the directives issued before Rugby World Cup 2015, in addition to the higher sanction levels, will emphasise that.
For over a year, players have been aware that they are at risk of receiving a card if they go near the head or the neck and World Rugby has asked that officials are extremely vigilant when it comes to foul play. Referees and Television Match Officials have all been briefed on this issue to ensure a consistent application of the new sanctions.
The goal is to lower the height of the tackle and change the culture, with regard to reckless and accidental contact with the head.”
Ecco, di seguito, le nuove sanzioni con le rispettive categorie spiegate come da estratto di comunicato World Rugby:
A player is deemed to have made reckless contact during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game if in making contact, the player knew or should have known that there was a risk of making contact with the head of an opponent, but did so anyway. This sanction applies even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. This type of contact also applies to grabbing and rolling or twisting around the head/neck area even if the contact starts below the line of the shoulders.
Minimum sanction: Yellow card
Maximum sanction: Red card
When making contact with another player during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game, if a player makes accidental contact with an opponent’s head, either directly or where the contact starts below the line of the shoulders, the player may still be sanctioned. This includes situations where the ball-carrier slips into the tackle.
Minimum sanction: Penalty
Specific changes to Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent has been highlighted below.
10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent including: (i) a tackle or attempted tackle above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders; (ii) grabbing and rolling/twisting around the head/neck area even if the contact starts below the line of the shoulders.
LE – 2 weeks
MR – 6 weeks
TE – 10+ weeks
(A dangerous tackle which results in a strike to the head shall result in at least a mid-end entry point sanction)
(citazioni in italic, comunicato stampa Guinness PRO12).