Richard Ferguson

Substitution trial run

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 26 Oct 2010 at 07:19
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The International Rugby Board is introducing a trial, new way of making substitutes during a match. This experiment will apply to the November Tests.

It is like the soccer procedure to make matters easier for the 4th and 5th match official to regulate the comings and goings of players, which is sometimes a busy and confusing process.

The new procedure will require substituted players to have left the playing area (i.e. the field of play plus the ingoal areas) before the substitute takes the field. The substitute will then enter the playing field from the touch-line at the half-way line.

The exception to this is when an injured player is taken off the field by medical staff. The replacement then need not wait till the injured player has crossed the touch-line, touch-in-goal line or dead-ball line.

The law governing the number of players on the field still obtains. If a team has more than 15 players on the field the referee will penalise the team and require the team’s captain to remove a player.

A thorough consultation process involving Unions and match officials will take place after the trial to provide feedback for the IRB Council to consider whether to adopt the trial protocol into the Game


  • Wow, I’ve always thought that how it should work!

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.10.10 08:13:10 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) :

    Me too!! When I read this, I was like.. “Duh, we already do that!?”

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.10.10 08:14:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Hey, what is the official odds for the Final? Sharks to win? WP to win?

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.10.10 08:26:39 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 3) :

    I will be posting a betting article tomorrow, but Sharks are 8/10 favourites

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.10.10 09:14:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • talk about fixing something that quite clearly isn’t broken…

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.10.10 09:16:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Comment5

    Couldnt agree more.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.10.10 12:45:48 by Nhumrod Reply

  • We`ve been Having It 😕

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.10.10 16:46:02 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : I got even odds at 0.95 for wp and sharks.

    Seems the bookies don`t know how to call this one . . .

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.10.10 16:47:08 by Original Pierre Reply
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