The laws of rugby have been tampered with and fiddled about for years but when they sit down at the end of the current World Cup, the game's power-brokers need to seriously consider the amount of time that is wasted and the length of time that the ball is actually in play.

In the wake of the second half of the All Blacks v Nambia game, which in my opinion turned into a giant yawn, consideration must be given to stopping the clock when the ball is dead. It's hardly a new concept but if the game is to be taken seriously as an international attraction we simply can't have the sight of endless collapsed scrums and tiresome time-wasting as the clock relentlessly ticks on.

My simple solution, and this is hardly revolutionary, is that the referee sounds the whistle for an infringement and that automatically stops the clock until the ball is legitimately back in play. It's not that difficult is it?

The All Blacks' emerged from their clash against Namibia with a 58-14 win but without too much praise of the world's media. Here's how it unfolded thanks to photos from NZ Herald's Brett Phibbs.

Cynical and experienced sides worked out long ago that the protection of a narrow lead in the final stages of a game can be achieved quite easily within the current law. Front rows standing up, hookers clarifying line-out calls, so on and so on - this has to be stamped out for the protection of the game both as a contest and, more importantly, as a spectacle.


Fans at the ground and viewers at home demand better and nobody wants what is currently an outstanding World Cup to be remembered as one where the ball was in play for ridiculously short periods of time and everyone finished up short-changed.

The game is supposed to be played for 80 minutes but we all know that it's well short at that currently and for the sake of the sport it needs to be addressed.

A quick word about the block-buster that is England against Wales at Twickenham tomorrow in London. Stuart Lancaster has made a staggering call to replace George Ford with Owen Farrell at number 10 and he then went on to justify that decision by saying that Farrell had outplayed Ford in the Aviva premiership final, which is drawing a very long bow.

All Blacks Asst coach Ian Foster gives his frank assessment of the AB's play and attitude in the match against Namibia. When the game got slow he says the All Blacks lost their form.

Farrell has had plenty of chances in the past without cementing his spot and Warren Gatland will be quietly licking his lips at the thought that England, Wales' greatest rugby enemy, are looking extremely fallible in the game's most important position.