SANZAR crackdown on dangerous play

Date published: June 3 2015

Officials are being instructed to be intransigent on dangerous play in Super Rugby according to referees boss Lyndon Bray.

The Waratahs have this week voiced their concerns over the bans being handed out for lifting tackles, with Tolu Latu, Will Skelton and Rob Horne all currently suspended.

The Australian side appear to have paid the penalty for the recent crackdown on dangerous play, although other teams have not suffered similar bans for tip tackles, leading 'Tahs coach Daryl Gibson to question whether his team is being singled out.

However Bray explained that SANZAR and World Rugby in general are trying to reduce the amount of dangerous play in games and will continue to come down hard on it.

"The reality in our game at the moment is that lifting tackles, neck grapples in the ruck or maul and other dangerous clean-outs are a major focus for both World Rugby and the national unions," Bray told Fairfax Media

"These techniques are getting more prevalent, especially in the professional game. It is not acceptable for any of us to remain quiet on these techniques and players will be either dealt with on the field, or if missed, by the judicial process.

"SANZAR is fully supportive of ensuring we crack down on such techniques and ensure the optimum safety of players on the field."