World Rugby has approved a trial for limiting the tackles to waist high as a part of their initiative to reduce concussion-related injuries.
The governing body has planned to introduce the trial in selected domestic tournaments and if proved successful it could come into implementation ahead of the 2023 World Cup. According to the rule, referees will be given power to warn the players over their tackle technique and is seen as a measure to prevent injuries for both the tackler and the tackled player.
Apart from the waist-height tackle, five other major law amendments are also under review.
"The package of trials will be rolled out as designated closed trials in competitions around the world," World Rugby said in a statement.
"And if successful, would be recommended for global trial within the next Rugby World Cup cycle, meaning Rugby World Cup 2023 could be the first global showpiece to feature law amendments fully aimed at reducing injury risk.
"The core focus of the project is the tackle, which is responsible for 50 per cent of all match injuries and 76 per cent of all concussions (72 per cent occurring to the tackler).
"This is in part driven by an increase of ball in play time by 50 per cent since Rugby World Cup 1987, to approximately 40 minutes today.
"This has given rise to a 252 per cent increase in tackles over the same period, which is why the group is focused on this facet of the game, identifying solutions to reduce the risk of high-risk situations."