Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
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Leading players call for representation on World Rugby executive committee

Leading players call for representation on World Rugby executive committee

The Six Nations has been offered £500m for a 30 per cent stake in the championship by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

While such a deal could result in each of the Six Nations picking up a large windfall, don't be surprised to see opposition, as Unions would lose control of things such as, commercial rights.

The world's leading players have called for a seat on World Rugby's executive committee, hitting out at the sport's governing body for ignoring their views.

"At the meeting of unions, competition owners and worldwide player representatives, World Rugby outlined details of a game-changing competition model that delivers a true pathway for all unions through a three-division format and a system of promotion and relegation", the body said in a statement.

World Rugby outlined its vision for the future of worldwide rugby, including the proposed Nations Championship concept and supporting business model, during a meeting with global rugby's major stakeholders in Dublin on Thursday.

Six Nations bosses are understood to be opposed to the idea of promotion and relegation, that underpins World Rugby's Nations Championship concept.

A commitment to invest in a Women's Nations Championship to accelerate the global competitiveness of the game.

A further complaint by the organisations that oversee the English Premiership, as well as the French Top 14 and ProD2, was the increase in the number of global fixtures in a season due to the proposed competition.

They remain on 1808 points, while Italy fans are just four points behind as they look to fare better than their national side, who remain bottom of the Six Nations table. Its drive to realise as much financial gain within the sport effectively translates into sponsorship and broadcasting rights.

The reports will not make World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont's task any easier when he meets with the Tier 1 chief executives and those from Japan and Fiji as well as players' representatives on Thursday.

England captain Owen Farrell and Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton are among the game's biggest names to have warned of serious player welfare and integrity concerns over World Rugby's proposed new competition structure.

The players' council of IRP held a conference call on Tuesday night to thrash out their way forward, and the result has been these new demands of the game's power brokers. Early drafts for the Nations Championship set-up suggested the Pacific Island nations could be frozen out too.

Both the International Rugby Players (IRP) and the London-based Pacific Rugby Players Welfare (PRPW) organisation had been up in arms over original proposals that were leaked a fortnight ago.

CVC has history in sports and entertainment, having owned stakes in Formula One, MotoGP, Merlin Entertainments, Virgin Active, Sky Bet and Stage Entertainment.

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