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Friday, 21 December, 2001, 19:23 GMT
'Blade' boots under scrutiny
Jon Petrie in action for Scotland earlier this year
Petrie's leg was cut to the bone
The boots which allegedly caused a horrific injury to Scottish international Jon Petrie are legal but will be subject to review in six months.

That is the verdict of the International Rugby Board, which has studied video of the incident in which the number eight was hurt.

Petrie is pushing for a ban on the blade-style boots after his leg was cut to the bone during Scotland's match against Argentina last month.

However, Chris Rea, communications manager for the International Rugby Board, told BBC Sport Online that the boots are legal.

He also said video evidence could not confirm whether it was a boot which had inflicted the wound.

"Although I am sure that Jon Petrie knows instinctively how he was injured, the video evidence could not confirm categorically that it was the boots which caused the injury," he said.

I had no idea that anything had happened until another player pointed out the wounds
Scotland and Glasgow Warriors' Jon Petrie

"The studs worn by Agustin Pichot [the Argentinean player in question] are permitted for use on an experimental basis until July 2002.

"The situation will then be reviewed."

Rea added that Ian Goodall, the referees' supremo at Murrayfield, was among those who looked at video evidence.

It was Goodall whom Petrie had spoken to about banning the controversial boots.

"I made my views known to Ian Goodall," said Petrie.

"I had no idea whatsoever that anything had happened until another player pointed out the wounds and that's when the panic and pain kicked in."

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