VALE: James Ackerman.
VALE: James Ackerman.

Ackerman's brother backs shoulder charge consequences

THE brother of late Sunshine Coast Falcons prop James Ackerman, who died after being shoulder charged during a match, has backed the NRL's  decision to ban the charge.

It comes as support mounts among NRL players for the return of the charge.  

Andrew Ackerman said the tackling technique should never again be a part of the game.

Ackerman, a 25-year-old father of two, died from a brain injury after a heavy collision with Norths Devils forward Francis Molo.

The QRL has since banned Molo for eight games for a shoulder charge.

James Ackerman Funeral. Over a thousand Freinds, Family and members of the NRL community celebrated the life of James Ackerman at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. A gaurd of honour around the feild. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily
James Ackerman Funeral. Over a thousand Freinds, Family and members of the NRL community celebrated the life of James Ackerman at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. A gaurd of honour around the feild. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily Che Chapman

Andrew Ackerman said on his brother's tribute page on Facebook that he also used to be a fan of the shoulder charge and even enjoyed the shots that his brother put on opposition players.

"Over the last few days I have read a few articles about the shoulder charge, ex-footballers and current footballers have given their views,'' he wrote.

"Until my brother sadly passed away I did agree with them, I loved nothing more than seeing a good shot come off and there was no prouder moment than seeing my brother get the better of someone.

"We can all argue about it and have our own opinions but let me put this to you, what if it was your son, daddy, husband, brother, grandson, uncle, aunty, nephew, cousin on the end of that tackle?

"What if you woke up every morning and you couldn't see that person again?

"Would the game of rugby league mean anything to you any more?

"There is nothing worse for my family than to have to wake up every day and having that moment play over and over in our heads.

"Yes life must go on, but it will never be the same. I'll let the so-called experts have their opinion but mine is keep it banned and never bring it back!''


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