• Tournament organisers play down fears of flurry of cards• Weather threatens Scotland v Ireland opener in Yokohama
World Cup organisers have insisted officials will not be looking to “lay down a marker” over high tackles in the next seven weeks by flourishing red cards with abandon, as some players and coaches have feared.
Following a new directive to reduce high tackles that was rolled out in May, the U20s world championship this summer produced a flurry of cards. Before flying to Japan, the...
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