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Rolling subs is the way forward, says Johnson

ENGLAND team manager Martin Johnson is backing the introduction of rugby league-style rolling substitutes to ensure that the Harlequins fake-blood scandal never happens again.<br /><br />The proposal is one of 16 being considered by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to restore the sport&rsquo;s reputation.<br /><br />And Johnson admitted he agreed with the views of the RFU&rsquo;s Image of the Game task force which they felt not only benefited the welfare of the injured player but also eradicated any possibility of cheating.<br /><br />&ldquo;Some form of rolling substitutions needs to be looked at,&rdquo; Johnson said. &ldquo;I liked it when 15 guys had to battle it out and you had to be fit for 80 minutes, but you come around to thinking about it as a possibility.<br /><br />&ldquo;Player safety is an issue with players getting bangs on the head. It needs to be looked at carefully and I am sure it will be trialled. Maybe it is inevitable.&rdquo;