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Newcastle host Bath under scrutiny of the new dangerous-tackle law

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Newcastle face Bath at Kingston Park on Friday night in the first Premiership match since World Rugby’s clampdown on dangerous tackles came into force as part of its policy to reduce head injuries.

There have been two changes to the laws: reckless tackles above the line of the shoulders should be categorised as yellow-card offences at least, while accidental contact with the head could also mean players are shown a card, although the minimum punishment is a penalty.

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