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RFL not banning shoulder charges

The Rugby Football League has decided not to follow the lead set by Australia in banning shoulder charges, at least for now.

The NRL outlawed the technique ahead of the 2013 season, but it remains legal under international rules and the RFL's laws committee has decided to keep it in their domestic competitions until the Rugby League International Federation concludes its consultation process.

The RFL decision was made after consulting with players, clubs and coaches in this country.

RFL spokesman Blake Solly said: "The RFL laws committee has renewed its commitment to standardising the laws of the game across all nations and competitions wherever possible and noted that this process is under way within the RLIF at the moment.

"The RLIF has proposed standardising a number of the laws of the game, including the use of the shoulder charge, and we are in the process of responding to these proposals.

"We believe that this process is an important way of reducing the number of differences in the laws across the various nations and enhancing the credibility of the sport.

"To that extent we will assist the RLIF as they discuss the topic in coming months and will support any decision they make."