World Rugby considering review of breakdown laws following England-Italy clash

World Rugby considering review of breakdown laws following England-Italy clash

World Rugby considering review of breakdown laws following England-Italy clash

England fly-half George Ford has called on World Rugby, rugby union's global governing body, to outlaw the tactics which saw Italy rattle England in the Six Nations - warning that if they don't, the sport will be "killed".

England, 10-5 down at half-time against Italy, scored five of their six tries in the match after the break and Jones said: "Six tries, three wins, a bonus point".

The Italian strategy was to frustrate England by not committing men to the breakdown and therefore a ruck would not be formed, meaning there was no offside and the players were able to stand within the England back-line, breaking up play and intercepting passes.

It was a gutsy display and while some - Jones among them - consider their tactics at Twickenham to be against the spirit of rugby, under Conor O'Shea there is sure to be more drama ahead.

"We lost the ruck from the game and when you lose a
primary contest from the game it changes the game considerably and it ceases to become rugby".

"I thought they were brilliant in the execution, but if that's rugby, I am going..."

The
visitors' head coach, Conor O'Shea, said: "We have to think differently, like we did today".

"We've experienced it against us a couple of times, but only once or twice in certain games".

"Scotland were comfortable winners of that second half against Wales and blew them away when they got opportunities", said Care.

"I certainly would have known the rules around it anyway", said O'Brien.

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"I don't think it requires a law change". We never tried to do that.

However, the overriding reaction in the British media and from former players was that Italy's disruptive tactic was an example of clever coaching rather than a blight on the game.

The situation became even more freaky when England briefly adopted the same approach at the breakdown in the second half. Ben Youngs has been outstanding for us at number nine, but Danny Care gets the starting jersey this week.

England boss Eddie Jones claimed that the tactic "wasn't rugby". We got through it and managed to find a way. For the first half he'll give us a lot of speed and running at the base of the ruck as well as the scrum. "There's no rugby going to be played".

During the pause in play shortly after the half-hour mark, Haskell was heard to ask Poite: "We just wanted to know what the rule was, what the exact rule is?"

World Rugby chairperson Bill Beaumont was due to hold informal talks on Tuesday at the global governing body's Dublin headquarters with referees' chief Alain Rolland concerning Sunday's match.

"We had to adapt and the best way to do that was to either play through the middle with the forwards on a pick-and-go, get some momentum and then shift the ball, or just pop it off the 9", the 23-year-old added.

"We're exactly where we want to be in the competition and of course we're going to get better".

"We probably got flustered a bit by their tactics, which is normal", added Jones, who got very agitated when it was suggested his team should have been quicker in reacting to the tactic.