Chicken wing tackle

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A chicken wing tackle is a move in Australian rules football and rugby league, in which a player locks an opponent's arm so that he or she cannot legally move the ball. It is a controversial move that has injured players and resulted in fines for players performing the tackle. The phrase was coined by Fox Sports NRL Producer Geoff Bullock (a.k.a. Bluey) in 2008. [1]

Rugby league[edit]

Melbourne Storm forward Adam Blair was found guilty of committing a chicken wing tackle in an Australian Rugby League match against Brisbane Broncos in April 2008.[1] A former Storm player, Clint Newton of Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League was fined £300 after performing the tackle, with a disciplinary panel finding him guilty of "behaviour contrary to the true spirit of the game by making a dangerous tackle".[1]

Australian rules football[edit]

The use of the chicken wing tackle in the Australian Football League is generally considered to have been picked up from National Rugby League.[2] It became a controversy after Kangaroos' skipper Brent Harvey was chicken winged in 2009 during an Australian football match and suffered a dislocated elbow that caused him to miss months of play.[3] The tackle has been furiously slammed by some saying it must be banned. AFL umpires manager Jeff Gieschen is confident the practice is not about to become commonplace.[3]

In July 2012, Carlton captain Chris Judd was involved in another "chicken wing tackle" controversy, in a game against North Melbourne.[4] North player Leigh Adams had been tackled by another player, and was lying on the ground, as Judd grabbed his arm and pulled it backwards in the 'chicken wing' style.[5] Judd was widely criticized in the media for this action and was cited for misconduct by the Match Review Panel. He was subsequently suspended for 4 games by the tribunal.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Walker, Gareth (2008-04-16). "Newton fined over chicken wing". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ Ralph, Jon (2009-04-28). "AFL may pluck out 'wing' tackle after Brent Harvey injury". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  3. ^ a b Phelan, Jason; Ben Broad (1 May 2009). "Chicken wing tackle a paltry issue". AFL BigPond Network. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Paltry hope for Carlton after Judd's 'chicken wing'". The Age. Melbourne. 
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-16.