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@165 It's £500 million to develop the game at schools and grass roots level, except in Wales where the WRU will use the money to buy hotels.
"This includes our continued commitment to competition and investment opportunities for emerging nations to increase the competitiveness of the international game with a view to possible Rugby World Cup expansion in 2027."If they really want to increase competitiveness, stop raping the smaller nations by allowing players to qualify for other countries on residency.
I fear for Rugby. I can see this year's world cup being the zenith of the game as a whole then slowly going into terminal decline thereafter. Most clubs are not financially viable. Player injury and burnout are rife. Fewer kids are playing. Authorities have no clear vision for the future. The 'ordinary' man in the street is priced out of international games. I hope I am wrong.
Yes! Couldn’t be happier about this! Would of made rugby world cups pointless among the myriad of other problems.
One cannot compare Ireland to Wales. The four Irish provinces have existed for many years - politically, culturally and sportingly - and across a number of sports. The Welsh regions were manufactured and Welsh Rugby may have been better served with a league of their eight best clubs.I could name the eight and I am not even Welsh!
I could see other people's view on players welfare is more important,as for the low tier nations I could see lack participation or a breakaway series could happen in the future.?
153. Posted by Bomber "Sad news for rugby. The unions could have had £500million"--To do what with? Pay players more money and turn it into football. The loss making unions wouldnt all of a sudden start making a profit, the money would just get wasted. Keep greed out of rugby.
163. Posted by SeamusCampSpot on SC good post, if you wait long enough somebody will hang one. The root of all rugby's financial woes lay fairly and squarely at the feet of the 2 dozen Spivs (Spiv Central) that control the game in Eng./Fra. They are responsible for the hyper wage inflation, nobody else. They pay their local yokels way too much too, we know that cos every club loses millions
@143 Only one team in English Premier made money last year. A false market has been created spearheaded by overpaid (often mediocre) imported players, leading to general salary inflation. So the real power is in the hands of owners shelling out cash. If any proposal rewards the unions with money but punishes the clubs (best players for longer), expect the proposal to be rejected.
If World rugby were serious about growing the game worldwide, instead of the ludicrous and now defunct suggestion for a world league, they should organise something akin to the old Churchill Cup, but with more teams involved. The Churchill Cup certainly led to improved standards in the USA and Canada. If Tier 1 "A Sides" like the England Saxons were involved, it would give Tier 2 more even games.
@155 Ecnerwal Eyot "Regions in Wales all loss making, falling numbers at grassroots ... Pro14 only limited games on S4C ... World Rugby said professionalism would change the game, it has, but at what cost?"You cannot blame Wales' problems on World Rugby. Professionalism worked for Ireland.
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