World Rugby could be set to change bench sizes…

A new World Rugby trial will see 13-man benches used during New Zealand’s opening match of the Oceania Under 20 Championship against Fiji.

Following a World Rugby consultation, the U20s Championship will be trialing match day squads of 28 players for the entire Oceania Under 20 Championship.

This trial is being conducted to ensure that player welfare is paramount moving forward.

Coaches will still be limited to the normal eight substitutions but will now be able to select these replacements from a 13-man bench.

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