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03rd Sep 2015

Wales and Australia may be facing point deductions at the Rugby World Cup

Kevin Beirne

England’s Pool A rivals Wales and Australia both run the risk of being deducted points at this year’s Rugby World Cup after selecting just two specialist hookers in their final  31-man squads.

According to World Rugby rules, each team must pick six specialist front-row players in their matchday squad – two of which must be specialist hookers.

This means that if any of the Welsh or Australian hookers go down with an injury less than two days before a game, their team could be punished with a points deduction.

Teams are allowed to replace injured players in their squads during the tournament, but must wait 48 hours from when the injury was reported to do so.

In a group as competitive as Pool A, any points deductions could prevent a team from making the quarter-finals.

It certainly seems like a huge risk to take on the biggest stage.