Wallabies coach questions new World Rugby contact guidance

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has questioned World Rugby guiadance on contact training

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie on Thursday questioned new World Rugby guidance capping how much full-contact training teams can do, suggesting it could be detrimental and hard to police.

The sport’s governing body has recommended a maximum of 15 minutes full-contact training per week, across two days, in a bid to reduce injuries following a global study on almost 600 players.

Controlled contact training was recommended to have a 40-minute limit per week. That would include at least one day of zero contact, while live set-piece training would be no more than 30 minutes a week.

“Who’s timing it? I’m sure there’s a lot of work gone into coming up with these numbers but I’m not certain how that will pan out,” he said ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with Argentina in Townsville.

“And you have to make sure from a training point of view you’re getting the conditioning and contact load into them (players) so that they can deal with it on game day and have the technique required,” he added.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster said he was unaware of the guidelines when questioned ahead of his team’s weekend clash with world champions South Africa, also in Townsville, Australia.

Elite club teams such as Leinster and Clermont have signed up and partnered with World Rugby to measure the effect of the guidelines by using specific mouthguards to monitor implementation and measure the outcomes.

“We have a responsibility to make the game as safe as possible for all our players,” Lancaster said.

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