"The Greg Inglis incident ? I?ve got no issue with him. It was just one of those things that went wrong. That happens from time to time" ... Dean Young.

"The Greg Inglis incident - I've got no issue with him. It was just one of those things that went wrong. That happens from time to time" ... Dean Young. Photo: Getty Images

DEAN YOUNG, the player whose sickening collision with Greg Inglis appeared to accelerate the demise of the shoulder charge, has been left ''disappointed'' by the decision to ban the tackle.

The now retired St George Illawarra player was concussed by a shoulder charge gone wrong in round 20 last season by Inglis, who was subsequently suspended for three matches.

Given his tacit role in the debate which followed the tackle, and then again in the aftermath of the decision to ban the technique, Young maintained on Wednesday the ARLC had erred, joining the chorus of discontent from current and former NRL players.

"There are more good ones that bad" ... retired Dragon Dean Young.

"There are more good ones that bad" ... retired Dragon Dean Young.

''I don't think it should be banned,'' Young said. ''They have rules in place that if you make contact to the head, you sit on the sidelines. I don't see the need to ban shoulder charges completely, and it's a little bit disappointing that they have. There's not a lot of them in the game, and there are more good ones than bad. That's the way I feel.

''The Greg Inglis incident - I've got no issue with him. It was just one of those things that went wrong. That happens from time to time.''

Young said he did not express his opinion in the days after the incident, which led to more calls to ban the tackling technique, because he did not want to stir the debate.

Young infamously told a trainer that night, ''Tell Brownie to put me back on'' - a reference to Nathan Brown, who last coached St George Illawarra in 2008 - which was used on Wednesday as evidence of the damage that misdirected shoulder charges could do.

But Young said: ''I would have been OK to walk off the field, but the medical staff were worried about my neck. The next day, I didn't have headaches. Six days later, I played against the Storm.

''I know it didn't look good, but I have no issues with shoulder charges in general.''

Inglis, coincidentally, was the target of online abuse from at least one disgruntled fan who blamed him for the commission's decision on Tuesday.

One of Young's teammates, five-eighth Jamie Soward, said: ''We're going to tread a fine line where we get to being like rugby union.

''They probably had it right toward the back end of last year where, if you want to risk losing one of your star back-rowers or front-rowers for 12 weeks, then shoulder charge by all means.''

Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans was another star to show opposition to the move, saying: ''I enjoy watching highlights reels and seeing nice shoulder charges being performed. Obviously, the illegal ones are frowned upon for a reason but it would have been nice to see it stay.''

Players continued to flex their collective muscle via social media. New Roosters recruit Sonny Bill Williams, one of the best exponents of shoulder charges before his departure to rugby union, tweeted: ''You need good timing and technique to pull of a shoulder charge simply put if you can't do it don't try … This is league not tiddlywinks!!''

His teammate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves added: ''Can't believe they've completely banned the shoulder charge from our game!! Surely there were other options!''

Former St George Illawarra winger Wendell Sailor called the decision ''a disgrace''. ''It's what makes our game so gladiatorial what a joke.''

Cowboys player Kalifa Faifai Loa, perhaps in jest, went a step further: ''All nrl teams should have a strike for shoulder charging out ????''

League immortal Andrew Johns, now a consultant for Manly, appeared to go against the grain.

''It hasn't been a rugby league decision, I think it's more of a medical decision,'' the former Newcastle, NSW and Australia halfback said.

''It's pretty exciting to watch but when it goes wrong it can be ugly.''