Rugby rule change is opposed

ROLLING substitutions will be introduced to Far North Coast Rugby from the beginning of season 2010.

But the planned change of rules has already met with opposition.

Lennox Head’s premiership-winning coach, Paul Jeffrey, can’t see the sense in the rule change.

“I am not a fan of it at all,” Jeffrey said.

“I don’t see the need for it.”

The Trojans’ leader thinks teams will use tactics to exploit the change, which he says will change the nature of rugby.

“Fitness is a part of the game,” he said.

“Players need to be fit to play the 80 minutes; if not, that is a disadvantage to them and that is how it should be.”

Jeffrey has his men as fit as any in the comp and sees their attrition rate as vital to the back-to-back premierships collected in the past two years.

“We basically won the comps on fitness,” he said.

“In the grand final last year we simply ran over the top of Lismore in the last 30 minutes as they began to get tired.”

Jeffrey believes the rules should be implemented at the top and filter down to local rugby, rather than the reverse.

“If they are going to use it, let’s see it in Super 14 or Test rugby first,” he said.

“Let’s see if it really works.”

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