No long shorts for Scotland
Scotland coach Jim Telfer has dismissed rumours that Scotland were to wear 'long' shorts in a bid to get round the latest IRB regulation on line out lifting.
A new directive means players have to lift team-mates by the shorts, not the legs, and Australian coach Rod MacQueen responded by saying he will consider allowing his jumpers to wear knee-length shorts.
But Telfer has ruled out following suit. "We won't be doing it, we will wear normal shorts, but what the
Aussies have talked about could well happen, or they could wear these lycra things which look like shorts.
"It's ridiculous if it is coming to the point where line-out jumpers would have bloomers down to their knees while the other players are in normal shorts."
"To a man all the top coaches are not in favour of what the actual law strictly says. But we will stick by what the referee does," he said.
New Zealand referee Paddy O'Brien was the first to apply the change when he penalized Argentina for lifting incorrectly during their defeat by Wales in the opening game of the tournament on Friday.