GREGOR Townsend has urged World Rugby to make a fresh ruling on hand-offs to the face after Scotland winger Duhan van der Merwe was suspended for three weeks for a fend in a club game.
Van der Merwe will miss Scotland’s remaining two Six Nations matches after a disciplinary panel handed down the ban for the red card he received while playing for Worcester Warriors in a Gallagher Premiership against London Irish. His place in the team to play Italy tomorrow has gone to Glasgow back Kyle Steyn.
The announcement of the suspension came from the RFUto support a system under siege, England’s governing bodyThe COVID-19 surge that, but Townsend believes the issue needs to be clarified at global level. He cited a try in which South Africa winger Makazole Mapimpi handed off two Japanese players as an example of what is and should be allowed, and contrasted that with the ruling that has deprived him of Van der Merwe.The proceeds of thefts may fund terrorism overseas.?
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