Gerry Thornley: High tackle rule should not be an experiment

World Rugby must be more proactive if it doesn’t want edict cursed with inconsistency

Scarlets’ Aled Davies is tackled by Ulster’s Sean Reidy  before Scarlets are awarded a penalty try and a yellow card is given to Reidy. Photograph: Ben Evans/Presseye/Inpho

Scarlets’ Aled Davies is tackled by Ulster’s Sean Reidy before Scarlets are awarded a penalty try and a yellow card is given to Reidy. Photograph: Ben Evans/Presseye/Inpho

Like any significant directive or law amendment from World Rugby, the game’s global governing body, there will always be inconsistencies and teething problems, and it came as no surprise that this was the case on the first weekend of games following the implementation of the new laws regarding high tackles.

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