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RLPA in talks over NRL shoulder charge ban
18:14 AEST Thu Nov 22 2012

The Rugby League Players' Association (RPLA) will meet ARL Commission (ARLC) officials as NRL stars continue to voice their displeasure at the banning of the shoulder charge.

The ARLC on Tuesday accepted a recommendation to ban the risky tactic, which resulted in a number of serious concussions through the 2012 season.

Despite only two players offering a reply when asked to contribute to the review into the shoulder charge earlier this year, RPLA boss David Garnsey claimed players had not been involved heavily enough in the final decision.

"The RLPA certainly wants its members to have long, productive and injury-free football careers and to enjoy good health once they have retired," Garnsey said in a statement.

"But in the context of making a decision that directly impacts on players - and we are talking here about the very people who both make and are the recipients of shoulder charges - the players are entitled to be provided with the relevant information and an opportunity to discuss it.

"The players' views on the shoulder charge were invited at the outset of the review four months ago but that has been the extent of the consultation with the players on this issue to date."

A host of NRL stars, led by NSW Origin skipper Paul Gallen along with the likes of Jarryd Hayne and Jamie Soward, condemned the decision to ban the shoulder charge, claiming instead that stiffer penalties for contact with the head would have been a more-adequate response.

Even the recently retired Dean Young - who was the victim of a vicious shoulder charge from Greg Inglis late in the season - said he did not want the practice banned.

There is no date for when the meeting between the RLPA and ARLC officials will take place.


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