World Rugby Release Statement Following New Zealand’s Alleged Use Of Eight Players In Sevens Game


New Zealand snatched a late draw against Australia yesterday in dramatic fashion at the Sydney Sevens.

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Ardie Savea broke through for a spectacular try in the last minute to tie the game 17-17 in the Sydney Sevens but World Rugby were put under pressure to investigate that deciding play with footage showing that New Zealand had eight men on the pitch.

World Rugby have now released an official statement that reads:

World Rugby can confirm that it is investigating an apparent breach of Law 3 (number of players on the field of play) by the New Zealand sevens team.

The alleged incident occurred during the second half of New Zealand’s Pool A match against Australia on 6 February.

In accordance with Law 3.2 the result of the match will stand, but World Rugby is currently reviewing the matter to determine if any disciplinary action is warranted.

No further comment will be made until the outcome of the investigation.