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Wales and Ireland will be banned from playing each other

Postby Forever Blue » Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:38 am

Wales and Ireland will be banned from playing each other in their traditional colours, with rugby lawmakers planning to introduce a rule change as a means to help colour blind supporters.

The change will be implemented for the 2027 Rugby World Cup, where red-green kit clashes will be banned to aid those who find it difficult to identify and distinguish between the colours.

Red-green colour blindness is the most common form of the condition and, according to the NHS, affects around one in 12 men and one in 200 women.

Of all the fixtures which will be affected by the change, the clash between Six Nations rivals Wales and Ireland is the most obvious.

Marc Douglas, a qualified engineer who serves as research turf and equipment manager for World Rugby, told i about the importance of engaging those supporters who struggle with colour blindness.

"From our perspective, if you’re potentially limiting eight per cent of your male audience, that’s a huge huge number of people who are suddenly switching off," he said.

The change will not only improve the experience for the thousands of fans either attending games or watching from home, but it will also aid players who are colour blind.
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Re: Wales and Ireland will be banned from playing each other

Postby barry boy » Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:51 am

So what colour will the grass be ?
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Postby Sven » Thu Oct 07, 2021 12:16 pm

barry boy wrote:So what colour will the grass be ?

Blue... ;) :laughing6:

How on Earth they've managed for 100+ years, I don't know...! :roll:
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Postby Don Keydick » Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:47 pm

Well that announcement came right out of the purple.
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Postby Sven » Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:49 pm

Don Keydick wrote:Well that announcement came right out of the purple.

:thumbright: :laughing6: :laughing6:

I think they should mauve on...! ;) :laughing6:
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Re: Wales and Ireland will be banned from playing each other

Postby mucker » Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:09 pm

Wonder what colour traffic lights will be .
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Re: Wales and Ireland will be banned from playing each other

Postby pontlliwblue » Fri Oct 08, 2021 12:38 pm

I remember watching in black and white and wales always wore black shorts to help, surely this would suffice
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Re: Wales and Ireland will be banned from playing each other

Postby Jock » Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:41 am

One in twelve men are colour blind? Seems very high.
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