LONDON (Reuters) - Rugby union's world governing body announced new measures on Wednesday to protect players from head injuries.
World Rugby said in a statement that from Jan. 3 two new categories of dangerous tackles will carry penalty offences to deter and eradicate high tackles.
Minimum on-field sanctions will be introduced throughout the game for reckless and accidental contact with the head, measures that will effectively lower the acceptable height of the tackle.
A global education programme will support the measures.
"The approach, approved by the World Rugby Council after extensive expert, independent and union evaluation, combines with new disciplinary sanctions and a re-focus of match officials on dangerous play," World Rugby said.
"It will provide a package of measures that aims to change culture in the sport to ensure that the head is a no-go area."
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis