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NRL Cameron Smith calls for nrl shoulder-charge tackle ban to remain

Cameron Smith has urged the NRL not to relax their stance on shoulder charges following James Ackerman's death.

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Australia captain Cameron Smith has called for the NRL's ban on shoulder charge tackles to remain in place following the death of James Ackerman.

Ackerman was fatally injured during a Sunshine Coast Falcons match in June following a challenge from North Devils' Francis Molo.

Shoulder charges were banned in the NRL last season, but some have called for this decision to be overturned.

Molo was handed an eight-game ban for his challenge on Ackerman, and Melbourne Storm man Smith believes the authorities must not change their stance.

"It's either in the game or it's not," he said. "If you want to put it on, you're going to get charged no matter whether there's an injury or whiplash to someone's head.

"It's got to be stamped out of the game altogether.

"It's pretty clear cut for me - it's got no place in the game anymore. Only five weeks ago, James Ackerman tragically lost his life to a shoulder charge.

"Whether it was the direct contact to the head or the effects of the blow, to me it doesn't matter. If someone has lost their life to a tackle such as a shoulder charge, we shouldn't even be looking at it."

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