Player welfare and preventing dangerous high tackles remains a high priority for SANZAAR and World Rugby as the game looks to reduce the number of concussions that occur. Super Rugby will therefore feature a Tackle Technique Review Process trial in 2020 [as announced on 20/01/2020].
To oversee the trial SANZAAR has appointed a tackle technique review officer. Former player and recently retired international referee Glen Jackson will begin work from Round 1. The 2018 New Zealand referee of the year, Jackson was the first Kiwi to play and referee 100 first-class matches.
Super Rugby CEO Andy Marinos stated, “The High Tackle Technique Review process will not impose any sanctions on Players. It is not designed to penalise the player in any way but to hopefully shine a light on poor technique that has been shown to increase the risk of significant injury and attempt to affect behavioural change via education and identification.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have Glen take up this role. His career includes refereeing 32 international matches, 88 Super Rugby matches and 60 Mitre 10 Cup matches in New Zealand. He only recently retired as a referee and is ideally placed to act as the review officer for the law trial.”
“Of course, those tackles deemed high and reckless or dangerous within any match will be treated under the existing laws of the game and will incur sanctions.”