Stopping the sideline circus

A technical area on the sideline of the field has been re-introduced for Saturday’s match between the Springboks and World XV at Ellis Park.

Die Burger reports that rugby’s law makers are so fed up with the number of team officials running on to the field while a match is in progress that they have decided to put a stop to the “circus”.

The IRB said that two areas of 10m x 3m (one for each team) must be marked out next to the sidelines.

Two medical officials (a team doctor and physiotherapist, for example) and two people to carry water will be allowed in that area. No other team officials will be allowed on the sidelines in future.

SA Rugby’s national referees manager, Andre Watson, said the main aim of the technical area was to create order.

“Sidelines have become a circus, because team officials kept on interfering with the game,” he told Die Burger’s Herbert Pretorius. “They didn’t just run on to the field whenever they chose to, but in some instances also challenged the referee and the touch judges about decisions.”