12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
1. In all matches where replacements are authorised, the front row replacements must be named and advised to the referee prior to the match. This must include the position (prop or hooker) for which the replacements are designated. In the event of a team - due to injury, temporary suspension or sending off of a prop or hooker - having no further designated replacement for that position, the referee will order non-contested scrums.
2. In all matches where replacements are not authorised, the referee will immediately order non-contested scrums, in the event of injury, temporary suspension or sending off of a front row player.
It is imperative that Clubs and Coaches appreciate the safety element of this process, and the necessity therein to ensure that only suitably trained and experienced players are selected to play in the front row, or selected as front row replacements.