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Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards

Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards has hit out at the use of the 'choke tackle', the legal tackling technique that has been used to great success by Ireland, whose defence coach Les Kiss has been widely credited with pioneering it at Test level.

"I think the choke tackle is very, very dangerous," said Edwards yesterday.

"To me, it's a bit of a blight on the game at the moment. It encourages people to tackle high.

"Everyone is going on about concussions and people tackling too high. Well, let's start with that."

Addressing the assembled media, Edwards asked: "Does anyone here think it adds to the game in any way, shape or form? Do any of you think it makes the game more exciting?"

Meanwhile, Wales star Jamie Roberts goes into the clash amid speculation that he could be released early from his contract with European Champions Cup quarter-finalists Racing Metro.

Racing are believed to be considering letting him go after completing two years of a three-year deal, with financial constraints and potential World Cup selection cited as reasons.

Meanwhile, South African TMO Shaun Veldsman, who was due to officiate in Ireland's game against England on Sunday, is recovering in hospital with a hole in his lung after being stabbed after a game in South Africa.

He was attacked in his car after officiating at the game between the Stormers and Blues last weekend

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