Tim Horan (67)
None of the proposed limits would allow George Smith to play for his home nation (Tonga?). I thought that was the main reason for the discussion?
Somewhat inevitably, "Hopes a World Rugby Professional Game Forum held overnight Monday would result in the game’s major stakeholders agreeing to restructure the international calendar remain in limbo after the parties failed to reach an agreement."
Stuff the 12 country comp. That's essentially just more of the same. I'd prefer the 8-8 as that would at least include a number of T1 nations. And if we're going to do this then they need to figure out exactly how they will qualify these nations. Is it on merit or potential commercial returns?Apparently WR have developed four options for everyone's consideration in November:
Exclusive: The game's governing body has drawn up several models for discussion with a view to starting the competition after the 2023 RWC.www.stuff.co.nz
We're currently talking about the restructuring of championship, the global comp, with option 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B,” Pacific Rugby Players chairman Hale T-Pole told Stuff.
“It could be a 12-country comp, or eight-eight, the top eight from the southern hemisphere and top eight from the north
“Then you’ve got a top four-top four, with an eight-team Tier 2 competition, or whatever they are going to call it,"
I'm not fussed as to the format (but would start small-ish & look to grow it) I just want it to happen, IF & only if the revenue-sharing side of things is addressed. The days of us colonials playing for spare change at a packed Twickers whilst the Nigels stuff yet more cash into their coffers have to end.
So if we had 8 and 8 based on current rankings it would be;Stuff the 12 country comp. That's essentially just more of the same. I'd prefer the 8-8 as that would at least include a number of T1 nations. And if we're going to do this then they need to figure out exactly how they will qualify these nations. Is it on merit or potential commercial returns?
So if we had 8 and 8 based on current rankings it would be;
Nh: England, Ireland, France, Wales, Scotland, Italy, Georgia and Romania
sh: sa, nz, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga
Once SA moves on from RC and joins 6 nations I expect that would be the case. But yes SA is increasingly aligning with NH. Maybe after 2030 which is when they have committed to RC to.^ by that logic you'd have SA in the NH group. This being World Rugby that's entirely possible
To me Japan’s rise over the last decade shows where other counties like USA could go as I recall World Cup games where Japan was being flogged 90 nil or getting ABs having 100+ points put on them. So could see USA in say 10 years if continue to grow mlr etc become a rugby powerhouse as they have Already 100k+ registered players with room to grow that.