PROFIT-SHARE DISCUSSIONS WITH 6 NATIONS PROVIDING HOPE FOR PACIFIC RUGBY’S FUTURE

Pacific Rugby Players Welfare has called on some of the game's top unions to agree a profit-sharing deal to boost the Pacific Island nations' international programmes.

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PRPW has written to the unions of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and France, proposing a 10 per cent profit-share agreement from November Test matches staged in Europe against Pacific Islands teams.

Just 10 per cent of the profits from a sell-out England match at Twickenham could help a Pacific Islands nation run their international set-up for three years.

And so PRPW now hopes to arrange a formal meeting with all five unions, with World Rugby's attendance and backing, to discuss a new profit-sharing deal.

Currently the host nation retains 100 per cent of the profits from a home fixture.

Without any change, the future of rugby in the Pacific Islands will remain under threat.

The Pacific nations' main hope for growth in today's professional landscape comes through a profit-sharing model that could revolutionise rugby in that region.

The generation of much-needed funds could stem the drain of top players heading to Europe in search of a means to support extended families.

Semi-professional leagues in the islands could become a reality for the first time.

Test teams could extend time in preparatory camps, and players could see match payments move somewhat closer to global market value.

Individual unions have in the past made goodwill payments, and there is sympathy in some quarters and understanding in others.

But now PRPW is campaigning for a formal, standardised profit-sharing model – not just to help the Pacific region flourish, but also for the good of the global game.


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Click here to download a copy of the letter sent to the unions of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and France.

NewsMark Sowerby