29 Oct 2008

Players told not to slide feet first into tackles

8:11 am on 29 October 2008

The Australian rugby league player Billy Slater has been told not to repeat the "dangerous" sliding tackle that prevented New Zealand's Jerome Ropati scoring a try on Sunday.

New guidelines have been issued to World Cup referees about players who attempt to stop a try by kicking at a ball in possession of an attacking player.

Law-makers say players face being charged with misconduct.

Players used the tactic regularly in the NRL.