The National Rugby League are set to crack down on the controversial �grapple tackle�, today warning clubs that they are unhappy with its use.
The controversial tackling style, which is back in the limelight following a match between Newcastle and Melbourne last weekend, has been condemned by the NRL today.
The league has set out new guidelines in an attempt to stamp-out the tackling style.
The indicators that may be used in determining an illegal action in a tackle will include:
- Defenders merely grasping the head or neck of an opponent in a tackle where more than one tackler is involved
- Defenders making a legitimate upper body tackle, but then sliding or moving up to grasp the head or neck in completing the tackle
- Any pulling or jerking of the head or neck in an attempt to roll the ball carrier over in completing the tackle
-Restraining the ball carrier on the ground by his head or neck to slow the play-the-ball
- Any other unnecessary contact with the head or neck in effecting a tackle
NRL Chief Operating Officer Graham Annesley said players could be injured if the tackling style continues to be used.
�The NRL has advised all clubs of the guidelines that will be used in determining whether a tackle is deemed to be potentially dangerous,� Mr Annesley said.
�Rather than be accused of launching a �crackdown� without warning, the NRL is advising all clubs of just how this area is to be enforced going forward.
�There will be no point in clubs or players pointing to what has happened before round 13 if they find themselves penalised or charged after today.�
The NRL opted to charge no players out of the Newcastle v Melbourne match on Saturday night.