Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Beaumont calls meeting amid controversial World League plans

Beaumont calls meeting amid controversial World League plans

NZ Herald also reports that the Rugby Championship and Six Nations tournaments will remain, with each competition changing to just a straight round robin format.

"World Rugby recognises and values the importance of player considerations and input into the annual global competition discussions".

Beaumont added that "no decisions have been made" amid concerns over player welfare and the marginalising of the likes of Georgia and the Pacific Islands.

Sexton added: 'It seems like a commercial deal on the future of the game is being negotiated at a rapid pace with little consideration given to the points we raised with World Rugby.

The aim is to provide greater context to the worldwide game, which has test matches in June and November along with the northern hemisphere's Six Nations tournament in February-March, and the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship in August to October.

Reports claimed that Fiji as well as fellow Pacific Islanders Tonga and Samoa would be excluded but a dozen sides from the Six Nations, the Rugby Championship and Japan and the United States would participate.

"World Rugby are failing to respect the players' views and genuinely engage on the issues", said Hassanein.

Pressure group Pacific Rugby Players Welfare (PRPW) has pledged to canvass its 600-strong membership on whether Samoa, Tonga and Fiji should stage a World Cup walkout - something chief executive Dan Leo believes would jeopardise the entire competition in Japan this autumn.

The tournament would see all 12 nations play each other in every calendar year, with a semi-final and final to crown a global champion - that latter element bringing into question the importance of the World Cup which is played every four years.

At the last Rugby World Cup in 2015 in England, nearly a quarter of all players had Pacific Island heritage.

When Sanzar - formed as a partnership between New Zealand, South Africa and Australia - created the Super 12, they left out the Pacific nations, and they've seemingly been left out ever since. "It is well documented that the game is under pressure to grow revenues so the game from the community level up can thrive", Tew said. I feel we're at a real crossroads in the sport.

Wallabies prop and Brumbies' player director on the Rugby Union Players' Australia (RUPA) board Sio, recognised if the Pacific region was snubbed, more players could look at leaving early in their career and serving a five-year residency period to qualify for tier one nations.

"World Rugby have been proactive and bought an idea to the table, we have been refining it over several months and a positive spin off has been some real commercial interest in backing it".

"If players now didn't make a stand and be fearless and make that stand then there might not be a next generation of players who get to play for Samoa, Tonga and Fiji". He also said the sustainability of Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 Cup must be protected. The worldwide game has to be kept as the pinnacle and keep its integrity.

Leo says it was "abundantly clear that World Rugby has failed the genuine rugby fan".

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