Alun Wyn Jones Rugby World Cup: World Rugby open to expanding squad sizes for future tournaments

Alun Wyn Jones Rugby World Cup: World Rugby open to expanding squad sizes for future tournaments

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World Rugby’s CEO and Chief Operating Officer have suggested that the permitted squad size for Rugby World Cups could be expanded for future tournaments.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has criticised the 31-player limit ahead of the 2019 tournament, declaring that it does not give coaches enough players to properly compete at a global tournament of this nature without compromising player safety.

But calls from Schmidt and others for an expansion to the squad size came too late for this year’s tournament, CEO Brett Gosper has suggested, while admitting that World Rugby are open to a change.

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“The first thing I would say is that we’re never entrenched in one particular position; that position has come quite late in the day,” said Gosper.

“We believe that there’s good player welfare parameters experienced around the size of the squads.

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“Coaches generally want more players at their disposal and we understand that. Looking forward we might look at that.

“It does have cost implicati

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