The Breakdown | Days of jackalling may be numbered but would rugby be any safer?

World Rugby’s proposals could see a return to traditional rucking but rules would need to be strictly enforced

Last week’s player welfare symposium in Paris organised by World Rugby looked at ways of creating a greater contest at the ruck. And then it was revealed that the days of the jackal could be numbered if an attempt to stop players arriving at a breakdown from handling the ball is endorsed.

The proposal has been made with safety in mind. The early retirement of Wales captain Sam Warburton highlighted the risk of jackalling – standing over the ball after a tackle to win a turnover, with opposition players charging in to make body challenges and thump the scavenger to the ground.

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