PRPW STRONGLY OPPOSE WORLD RUGBY ‘NATIONS CUP’ PROPOSAL

Pacific Rugby Players Welfare fears a generation of Pacific Islands players could progress through their full Test careers without ever playing a tier one nation outside of a World Cup, under World Rugby's Nations Championship proposals.

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Pacific Rugby Players Welfare fears a generation of Pacific Islands players could progress through their full Test careers without ever playing a tier one nation outside of a World Cup, under World Rugby's Nations Championship proposals.

We consider this a step backwards for the global game, and certainly for growing and fostering the game among the tier two nations.

There are too many grey areas in World Rugby's proposals, but particularly around the tier two competitions that would feed into the Six Nations and Rugby Championship.

No structure, no format or information has so far been forthcoming on those second-tier competitions.

While understandable given the stage of negotiations, there has also obviously been no breakdown of financial beneficiaries.

It is impossible however to put a price on being locked out of the opportunity to further yourself as a nation, and the improvement that comes through regular competition against the top nations.

The frequency of the Nations Championship we also believe could devalue the World Cup, currently the correct pinnacle of the global game.

We strongly oppose and will continue to lobby against the Nations Championship plans.

NewsMark Sowerby