Double tackle KO of Geoff Parling leads to a red card and citings

Exeter Chiefs second rower Geoff Parling was knocked unconscious early on in the draw with Saracens, as both Brad Barritt and Richard Barrington made contact with his head in a high tackle. Both players will appear before a disciplinary hearing this evening. Barrington was shown a red card on the spot, while Barritt was lucky to continue playing. As we've already covered, in an effort to further protect players, World Rugby has stengthened its directives on contact with the head or neck area. As with any rule change, confusion can be the result until referees, coaches, and players all have an…

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