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Posted by: joethefanatic
Date: 08/08/2019 01:09
If we're going there, I'd vote for removing both flankers and keeping the 8. It would certainly free up space around the scrum. But then you'd probably just get lighter, faster 8s clogging up the breakdown instead.

More interesting might be to remove the open side flanker and inside centre or both wingers...

But the positions we are talking about are the product of 150 years of evolution. I'm sure that clever coaches could invent hybrid playing positions or formations to plug the gaps in no time at all.

In the end, I'm in the "stop coaching and enforce the Laws we've got" camp. For instance, I'd be perfectly happy for the TMO to adjudicate on offside if the linesmen cant/won't do it. It won't take long for the teams to cotton on, especially if the refs start handing out team yellows for repeat offences. People respond to incentives...

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