England rugby coach Jones stresses on bringing fatigue back in the sport
LONDON (UK) – England coach Eddie Jones has called on rugby union’s lawmakers to bring out measures to fasten the game and increase fatigue. This includes reducing the number of replacements allowed in matches from eight to six.
Jones said lengthy television reviews and debates with referees have given players extended breaks, which was a hindrance for them from tiring out, thereby cutting down on spaces for teams to attack in late-game situations.
Jones told British media, said, “We have let fatigue go out of the game. Apart from increasing the reserves to eight, we have had to have head-injury assessment, which has slowed the game down.”
“We have had increased television match official (TMO) involvement and more protocols; and we have encouraged referees to be debaters.”
Jones said that the sport is slowly starting to look like American football with stoppages occurring frequently.
He said, “We have got to get fatigue back, because we need space. Otherwise we will end up like the NFL. I support going down to six replacements and encouraging referees to make a decision and get on with the game.”
“We have to find some way to tidy up the TMO. You only have to watch rugby league in Australia where it is clear and concise: one or two looks and a referee knows if a try can be awarded.”
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