IB approves tactical substitutions
Friday 11 October 1996
It means that from 4 November coaches will be able to use all six replacements for injury - instead of the present four - or field five of them as strategic subs, although in the latter case two of them must be front-row operators. This will eradicate the blatant practice of feigning injury to enable a substitutions to be made.
The first example of this was in 1992 when the France lock Christian Mougeot trotted off against Wales, visibly untroubled but apparently with a calf injury, to allow the more adept line-out man, Olivier Roumat, to take the field in Cardiff.
The IB's chairman, Vernon Pugh, acknowledged the abuse that has been going on and said: "It makes the game more honest, in that it addresses concerns about players feigning injuries." The Lions manager, Fran Cotton, agreed: "During the summer series of Test matches involving the southern hemisphere countries, there was blatant flouting of the law that allows a player to be replaced only for injuries."
It was not all sweetness and light for the IB after they were called on by the Irish Rugby Football Union and Canada's governing body to assess their claims that British clubs are breaking IB regulations concerning player availability. The Irish are questioning the actions of English clubs, among them London Irish, while the Canadians have a beef with a Welsh club, believed to be Bridgend, who have three Canucks on their books.
London Irish, who are involved in the European Conference, the secondary tournament, are refusing to release players for Irish provinces who are taking part in the European Cup. Certain of the Exiles' players are defying their club but the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union have been given 21 days by the IB in which to respond.
One dispute looks to have been settled with 36 Scotland players signing a three-year full-time contract with the Scottish Rugby Union. Scott Hastings, Ken Logan and Duncan Hodge are among a small list of top players refusing to sign. The deal includes match fees of pounds 2,500.
Latest in Sport
Royal Rumble 2015: Roman Reigns triumphs after The Rock returns to set-up Wrestlemania showdown with Brock Lesnar
Google trolls Tottenham with Oxford dictionary definition of 'lackadaisical'
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Floyd Mayweather ends the carnival this week and picks his next fight - but will it be Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now
£27300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a leading...
£22000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading boiler ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join an awa...
£38000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's best performing...