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Wayne Barnes demands rugby make three changes to ‘improve rugby’

Change two: Only penalise attack at breakdown if defence squeaky clean

He wrote: “Nothing sucks the life out of a stadium more than a promising attack being stopped by a referee’s whistle for a technical side entry or, even worse, an attacker going off their feet even if the contest is already lost.

“One of the officials who will referee during this tournament penalised the attack 72 per cent of the time at the breakdowns during the World Cup.

“That means three out of the four times his whistle went, it was against the attack, killing the flow of the game.”

RUCK Judgment: Easier in theory than in practice. In a perfect world, we would concur with Wayne.

Manu Tuilagi of England is shown a red card and sent off by Referee, Ben O’Keeffe during the Guinness Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on March 7 2020. – PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

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