Six Nations ‘integrity compromised’ as Scotland demand rule change | Rugby | Sport

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend has bemoaned a big benefit that England had over his facet earlier than their Six Nations encounter on Saturday, which he believes compromises the integrity of the competitors. Scotland ran out Calcutta Cup champions for the fourth time in a row however not and not using a hampered build-up.

Townsend was solely in a position to conduct two coaching periods along with his full squad earlier than taking up Steve Borthwick’s facet at Murrayfield. He was prohibited from having access to Premiership golf equipment in the course of the fallow week regardless of no top-flight league video games going down in England in the course of the Six Nations.

English-based gamers reminiscent of Finn Russell had been absent because of World Rugby’s ‘Regulation 9’ which governs the discharge of gamers for worldwide matches. It states that unions “might solely train the Proper to Launch pursuant to this Regulation 9 for 5 weeks out of the seven-week interval” in the course of the Six Nations.

Townsend was baffled that he was solely in a position to name up his Scottish-based gamers on this interval and referred to as for the rule to be altered after it hampered their coaching. “We don’t have the perfect preparation,” mentioned the Scotland coach. “Going into the Calcutta Cup sport, England had double the preparation as a result of our English-based gamers aren’t allowed to coach with us regardless that there aren’t any Premiership video games; regardless that on this coming week golf equipment are off for every week.

“We’re nonetheless not allowed to have the likes of Finn Russell coaching with us this week. Two coaching periods was all we had as a staff going into the England sport, the place it will have been 4 if we’d had them within the week earlier than. I’d think about it’s going to be the identical state of affairs this time (in opposition to Italy), which is an actual drawback that we’ve got. I don’t suppose it’s proper for the competitors’s total integrity.”

Governing physique World Rugby have said that the difficulty is all the way down to particular person unions’ offers and the ruling is unlikely to be modified earlier than the brand new world calendar in 2026. However Townsend believes that the present system is barely hindering gamers who wish to be in peak situation for his or her international locations.

“There’s apparently a much bigger image of participant launch, however the golf equipment have indicated to us that they need their gamers coaching with us, as a result of there aren’t any coaching periods for them, or they’re in the course of a pre-season interval,” added Townsend.

“There isn’t any sport within the Premiership for seven or eight weeks however we nonetheless can’t have our co-captain, who has been lighting up the Premiership, even come into camp for 2 days’ coaching. It’s a credit score to the gamers that they went into the England sport after two periods as an entire squad and delivered that efficiency.

“Regulation 9 is that we are able to solely take gamers from exterior of Scotland when there may be a world week’s coaching. That’s to cease gamers lacking out on membership video games. However when there aren’t any membership competitors, it doesn’t make any sense that you just’re nonetheless not permitting a participant to journey up from Tub or wherever.

“They could possibly be spending time with their households and serving to our preparation. It’s not proper and I actually want this example was higher as a result of it’s not honest for our gamers.”

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