Eddie Jones has called for World Rugby to take action and revise breakdown laws
The Azzurri refused to commit any players after a tackle had been made at Twickenham on Sunday
England struggled to adjust to tactics that have been used sporadically in other matches
England head coach Eddie Jones has called for World Rugby to take action after Italy used unusual tactics at Twickenham on Sunday.
“World Rugby are in charge of the shape of the game and I’m sure [chairman] Bill Beaumont will have watched this match and will take some action,” Jones said.
“Of course it can be solved. It can be easily solved. I could solve it like that [clicks fingers].
“All you need is a tackle offside line. As soon as you make a tackle, there’s an offside line.
“The whole game became a joke. Our halfback goes to pass the ball and [Edoardo] Gori’s there. The whole time he was standing there. Our players were definitely shocked. You go to pass the ball and all you see is a blue jumper:
George Ford backed up his head coach, saying: “I hope it will get addressed before we play Scotland because if teams do that it is going to kill the game quickly. There’s no rugby going to be played,” Ford said.
“There’s no rugby going to be played,
“I don’t think that sort of stuff happening is good for the game. You could see the frustration of the players, fans and coaches. It’s just not what the game should be like.”