World Rugby To Include Tier 2 Rugby Nations In ALL Global Competitions

World Rugby To Include Tier 2 Rugby Nations In ALL Global Competitions

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Friends in Rugby,

WE CARE ABOUT RUGBY, IT'S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT & INCLUSION FOR ALL. WE FULLY & REALISTICALLY UNDERSTAND THAT WITHOUT MONEY IT WILL NOT DEVELOP, HOWEVER THERE "CAN & MUST" BE A BALANCE THAT IS MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL TO ALL INVOLVED IN INVESTING, PLAYING & SUPPORTING THE GAME WE LOVE!

PLEASE READ, DIGEST & SUPPORT

WORLD RUGBY LEAGUE OF 12:

We have all read, heard & debated the proposed new World Rugby (WR), League of 12 top teams to contest an annual / bi-annual competition. This should be in accordance with World Rugby Rankings?

CURRENT SITUATION AND PLAN:

The current Northern Hemisphere 6 Nations teams stay the same but the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship will have Japan & USA added. Many will say that whilst rugby is developing at a great rate im these countries, they are NOT the most deserving. Currently, the Top 12 ranked by WR see Fiji at No 9 and Georgia at No 12. USA are No 13 & Italy are No 15. Surely on merit it's easy to see what should happen?

AGUSTIN PICHOT - VICE CHAIR WORLD RUGBY:

A most distinguished former player, Agustin has devised this competition. He HAS been instrumental in developing Tier 2 Rugby across the globe and indeed has stated that this competition should be a 12 + 12 with promotion & relegation in place. This would ideally allow developments for ALL nations and bring about greater unity.

THE ISSUES:

There are a number of genuine issues / concerns relating to Player Welfare, Tier 2 exclusion for the next 10 years, unrealistic game schedules & above all that money / TV deals are the driving factors. Everyone accepts that the professional game requires financial support but not where it completely disregards those who need it most. Clearly USA & Japan have monetary buy-in hence their proposed inclusion over nations above them in WRs own rankings?

There is also a major concern that international teams / games becomes a stand alone aspect of rugby similar to what 7s has become. Tier1 / Marquee players will end up as only ever playing in this competition & akin games and we'll be unlikely to see them playing at Club/Region / Privince / Franchise level.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO:

We ALL need to sign this petition and get is shared globally. We need to ask WR to ensure that the competition achieves the following aims;

A. Includes the Top 12 ranked nations (Top 6 N. Hemisphere regardless of position) and Top 12 S. Hemisphere nations (regardless of position)

(We have to be realistic and have 6 teams in both halves of the competition. That will potentially mean having out of sync nations by official ranking BUT it should be the Top 6 in each Hemisphere not those with money)

B. That there is a promotion / relegation system in place to ensure we continue to develop both nations & the overall competition.

C. That player welfare & management is above all paramount and increased games/travel/pressure will have a negative impact on the future of the global game.

D. That we don't separate off International/ Test games into a stand alone aspect of rugby at the expense of global development.

E. That true rugby values & ethos are maintained and that required future developments are mutually beneficial to both rugby & money.

FINALLY:

We need to canvass any links you have inside and outsude the game to ensure EVERYONE involved in rugby at all levels AND those involved in the business / development aspects understand what those people who will buy tickets, watch games, purchase merchandise etc buy in to what happens.

Yours In Rugby

BJS
Chief Bloke

https://www.facebook.com/threeblokesaballandbod/

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