Nigel Owens strikes chord with call for change in substitutions

first_imgWednesday Jan 22, 2020 Nigel Owens strikes chord with call for change in substitutions Referee Nigel Owens’ suggestion to limit the number of substitutions in a match has proven to be a popular change to the laws amongst the rugby world.ADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the Welshman posited the idea that fewer substitutions would encourage smaller players that are capable of playing 80 minutes.World Rugby is always seeking to make the game safer, particularly in reducing head injuries and concussions, and a number of law amendments have been implemented to achieve this.This suggestion by Owens is one that has been discussed over the years by players, fans and those that can affect such changes, and is one that does not directly change the laws of the game in open play.However, over the past decades, rugby has progressively gone the other way, increasing the number of permitted substitutions. There may not be a correlation, but the average weight of players has significantly increased as well.ADVERTISEMENTWith teams currently allowed to make eight substitutions, it means that half the starting XV are unlikely to play the entirety of the match. As a result, the belief is that this leads to bigger players and therefore bigger collisions throughout a match.Moreover, it has also been highlighted that more substitutions mean that there are more encounters between fresh players and those that are fatigued, which can also lead to more injuries.ADVERTISEMENTReducing the bulk of players is vital to the current and future health of players. I’ve been banging on about the number of subs since the 2015 RWC. Less subs to me means leaner more aerobically fit players. This idea has come of age.— Ian James 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@idjamesesq) January 22, 2020Still have a bench of 7-8 but can only use 3. All players will need to be able to run for 80mins. More gaps, more tries from tired bodies. Lower level can still use 5 subs etc to keep player No up— Gavin Roper (@GavinRoper) January 22, 2020This potential change to the laws is not universally supported, however, as some feel that the changes in size and strength of the players will be negligible, and worse still, the more tired they become the more sloppy their technique will be, which can also cause injuries.Limiting the number of subs so that forwards have to be able to last a game and therefore bulk down must be a big factor. Flying off feet into rucks is another although if the laws were applied to stop teams flopping over the ball (Exeter!) that would help.— huw thomas (@huwjpthomas) January 22, 2020Subs only used for injuries, not tactics. Players will be conditioned for 80 minutes instead of 45-55 minute juggernauts. Bring back rucking. 1 on 1 clear out only for jackaling— Gavin Diamond (@gavrdiamond) January 22, 2020Just like the new 50:22 law that is being trialed in various parts of the world, it is hard to judge whether any ideas will be successful unless they are tried.There are other areas of the game which could be also addressed, chiefly regarding rucking, but Owens has touched upon something which seems to already have a lot of support.Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more