Rugby Football League bans shoulder charging

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The Rugby Football League bans shoulder charging in Super League with immediate effect.

The Rugby Football League has banned shoulder charging in Super League with immediate effect.

The outlawing of the move has been extended to England, having already been implemented in Australia and New Zealand last year.

"We understand the shoulder charge is popular with many people in rugby league but we also have a duty to manage the welfare and safety of players involved in the game at all levels," said RFL laws committee secretary Blake Solly.

"We have contributed to the RLIF's discussions about the shoulder charge and, whilst we believed the challenge should not be banned, we consider that the RLIF board have followed the correct process and allowed each member nation to provide a view on the law change.

"It is right that the RLIF should have ultimate control over issues such as this, and we remain committed to standardising the laws of the game across all nations and competitions."

The move comes ahead of Friday's World Club Challenge between Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm at Headingley Stadium.

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