Thursday 23 November 2017

Video: Simon Easterby refuses to be drawn on Welsh choke tackle claims

Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby
Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Simon Easterby refused to be drawn into a war of words with Wales after claims that the choke tackle is a dangerous part of the game that needs to be removed from rugby.

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards said yesterday that the tactic, so often used effectively by Ireland, adds nothing to the game and can be extremely dangerous.

 “I think the choke tackle is very, very dangerous,” the forwards coach said . "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.

Speaking at Carton House today, Easterby refused to respond to those claims when pressed on the topic, but refuted any allegations that Ireland are a "dangerous" side as suggested by the Welsh camp.

"He's entitled to his opinion but I have nothing to say on it," he said.

"It's a type of tackle that teams are using, just like a chop tackle is."

"I would prefer not to comment on what Shaun Edwards has said. That's something which is outside of this environment."

Easterby argued that the reigning Six Nations champions play to within the current rules as laid down by the international governing body.

"We got to play within the law.

"As long as we are disciplined and play within the law, then that's all we can ask of the players."

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