TOO EARLY TO SPECULATE ON LAW CHANGES – WORLD RUGBY

The world governing body for Rugby has said that it is too early to speculate on any potential rule changes.

The statement by the body came on the heels of the controversial tactics employed by Italy in their game against England.

The Azzurri, who ended up in a 36-15 defeat by the English side at the Twickenham on Sunday, refused to engage in rucks.

After the match, Eddie Jones was quick to criticize the playing style and tactics employed by their Italian counterparts, noting that such ploys should be closely looked into by the law-makers.

Speaking to the BBC, a spokesperson for World Rugby said that the body could try to 'clarify' the law, instead of drastically making changes to it.

Italy’s plan which was masterminded by Brendan Venter, Italy’s defence coach left no offside line after a tackle had taken place.

As such, the half-backs of the Azzurri then crowded an unsettled England backline.

At half time, England were 10-5 down. However, they were quick to recover in the second half of the game, thus securing a bonus point win.

Conor O’Shea, Italy’s head coach gave credit to Brendan for his wonderful tactics.

He also went on to reveal how their plan had almost scampered before the day ended. According to him, Romain Poite, the referee for the game told the coaching team of the Italian side that during the week, some changes had been made to the laws.

According to him, the original idea involved directly targeting England’s scrum-half Danny Care once they had successfully rejected the idea of a ruck. However, Poite let them know that they could no longer legally challenge the scrum-half. He made mention of how an offside in their game against the Ireland Rugby team was later clarified as being onside.