A group of former British & Irish Lions players sent a World Rugby letter requesting for fewer substitutions during matches. “In our opinion, professional rugby has become unnecessarily dangerous,” they said.
Sir Ian McGeechan, Barry John, Willie John McBride, and Sir Gareth Edwards are among those who signed a public letter, arguing that changes should be only in case of injuries. Thus, fatigued players would produce fewer contacts and the number of affected would be reduced.
“More than half of a team can be substituted and some players are trained to last less than 80 minutes, prioritizing strength over aerobic capacity,” says part of the circular, which contains testimonies from players already retired.
“Enough of empty words. We call on Sir Bill Beaumont to take action,” ends the request of those who were part of the British & Irish Lions during their times on the field.