Richard Haughton's journey from playing to officiating
November 13, 2018
New Rugby Law Book, 42% Shorter!
January 3, 2018
Deliberate knock down
October 19, 2017
High Tackle & Hair Grab
Are we going soft?
October 17, 2017
Yellow or Red?
1 Incident, 2 Talking Points
Joy Neville - Leading upto the WRWC 2017
September 15, 2017
Refereeing a lineout
September 13, 2017
Law Talk - Basics at the Breakdown
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August 2, 2017
Ref Bio – Federico Anselmi (Arg)
January 31, 2017
Joy Neville - International Player to WC Final Ref P1
August 25, 2017
February 3, 2017
After a number of concussion issues, World Rugby have issued a clampdown by telling referees to be extra vigilant and strict when it comes to tackling around the head.
They are acting because of player welfare, meaning anyone infringing in the Six Nations faces severe punishment during a game and sanctions afterwards, too.
But what exactly do we need to be looking out for? Why the change of stance, which came into effect from January 3 across every level of the game? And will there suddenly be a proliferation of cards?
Who better to take you through the ruling than the world's greatest referee, Nigel Owens?
Nigel Owens: No, the law is the same. A high tackle that is dangerous, someone leading with a swinging arm, was always to be penalised by a red card and that will still be a red card.
What has changed is that there is a greater call upon us as referees to focus more on the whole issue, to have a greater awareness of it.
Suddenly there is an important new guideline for us to act upon. So if you tackle high in the Six Nations, be prepared to take the consequences, whether you agree with it or not.
Nigel Owens: The directive has come because we want to look after player welfare, from the very top elite level of the game down to rugby at age-grade level.
There is an awareness of concussion, of too many players taking bl