Alarm bells ringing for refs as Evans’s return exposes legal loophole

Dean Richards was right. Whatever the continuing rumblings over his approach to player management during Sunday’s compelling Heineken Cup quarter-final contest with Leinster, the Harlequins director of rugby was perfectly entitled, under Exception 1 of Law 3.12 no less, to send his best player, the All Black out-half Nick Evans, back onto the field for the final few minutes as a ‘blood replacement’ for Tom Williams, who suddenly started spouting claret in amounts generally associated with victims of Rocky Marciano.

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