NRL doctor calls for ban on shoulder charge

The success of the National Rugby League's (NRL) crackdown on players attacking opposition kickers, an edict criticised by many as unworkable at the time, is proof a ban on shoulder charges could work, according to Dr Givney, who works as Cronulla and NSW team doctor and has travelled with the Kangaroos.

Dr Givney said the NRL needed to act soon to avoid the possibility of serious injury.

"I'm not an administrator, I don't pretend to be, but from a straight-out medical perspective the shoulder charge should be taken out of the game," he said.

"The possibility of injury is too great. There is not only the chance of

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