- A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponent’s neck or head is dangerous play.
- A stiff-arm tackle is dangerous play. A player makes a stiff-arm tackle when using a stiff-arm to strike an opponent.
MEMORANDUM TO: Referees, Citing Commissioners, Judicial Officers, Non legal Judicial Committee Members FROM: Paddy O’Brien, IRB Referee Manager & Tim Gresson, IRB Judicial Panel Chairman DATE: 21 January 2011 SUBJECT: DANGEROUS TACKLES (HIGH TACKLES) This is a further1memorandum in relation to Dangerous Tackles. The specific provisions of Law 10.4(e) in relation to High Tackles are as follows: