According to the English media The Telegraph, World Rugby could dictate the reduction of the number of relay players per team in matches.
This is because, according to analyzes that are being carried out, it is observed that the impact of the substitutes is increasing and “the game becomes atypical”.
The studies that are being carried out are based on the impact of the substitutes compared to the number of injuries per game.
England manager Eddie Jones spoke in favor of this alleged move: “We have to regain some fatigue and space in the game because otherwise we will end up as the NFL.”
He also referred to the work of the TMO: “He would put six replacements and the referees would have to communicate less with the TMO and give more dynamics to the game. We have to order that. “
From World Rugby, Dr. Eanna Falvey said: “Our first step with this is to know if reducing substitutes makes a big difference in the injury rate and the pace of the game, and if it does to start looking for practical solutions to that problem”. “But, the reason we have substitutions in the first place is to prevent injuries. It’s hard to know where the compensation is with this,” he said.