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'Contactless tackle' lets fans feel the force of a real England rugby player

'Contactless tackle' lets fans feel the force of a real England rugby player

With the rugby World Cup around the corner, fans in London got a taste on Friday of what it's like to be on the pitch thanks to a Mastercard virtual reality gimmick that simulates a tackle from real England players.

The 'Contactless Tackle' event saw punters don a haptic Telasuit on a virtual pitch and experience being hit by one of Maggie Alphonsi, Jason Robinson or 17 stone Chris Robshaw.

The three England internationals were at the event, tying out the technology. Says Robshaw: “It’s a strange experience, being tackled by myself, never thought I’d be doing that!"



The day was a marketing ploy from Rugby World Cup 2019 partner Mastercard ahead of the event, which kicks off in Japan on 20 September.

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