Rugby residency ruins the game
Towards the give up of the closing season, Johnny McNicholl asked himself a rhetorical question: “Am I Welsh? It’s a tough question to reply. I don’t recognize.”
Well, the Scarlet Kiwi seems to realize now. As quickly as the World Cup is consigned to history, he becomes one of the ultimate beneath the antique regulations to travel midway around the planet in search of a countrywide identification, perhaps the very last.
The 3-12 months residential rule to make the ones born in one us of an eligible to play for another is to be extended to five from the next 12 months. A traditional example of Nero fiddling whilst Rome went to blazes, World Rugby’s failure to take extra decisive motion faster has become the global recreation into “a comic story”.
A Rugby Championship shake-up will be at the cards should World Rugby’s new annual international tournament fall at the final hurdle.
The 12-crew Nations Championship seems to be on the shaky floor once more, with reviews out of the United Kingdom suggesting essential electricity England will now not join up to an exclusive period of negotiation at the concept, likely killing it.
Neither Rugby Australia nor joint undertaking frame SANZAAR had heard formally from the RFU on the problem on Wednesday.
But with a key deadline looming for a global agreement on the concept, the reviews will no question send Rugby Championship administrators to the filing cupboard to dust off their “SANZAAR 2030 Strategy” paper in coaching.
That document, termed “blue-sky questioning” through SANZAAR themselves after the Herald floated some of the concepts contained within, has although foretold what has come to bypass, which includes Super Rugby’s contraction to 14 groups.
And if there are any instances that name for “blue-sky questioning”, a depressed broadcast marketplace and a Test competition that hasn’t modified in 8 years actually qualify.
That manner the whole lot from a southern hemisphere “Lions” team to a Rugby Championship schedule re-jig may be on the playing cards once more.
The 2030 paper floated the idea of transferring to a two-Test home doubleheader layout. The Wallabies may want to host two Tests against the Springboks, then play two away in Argentina, before gambling the alternative the following year.
The SANZAAR Lions concept was also reheated in the record, an idea that might excite fanatics, even if it’d show an undertaking to agenda.
What may be said for certain, if no longer positive, is that expansion will be off the desk on this next 5 12 months cycle.
World Rugby’s concept, worth an estimated $18 million in step with 12 months to every competing state, might have bankrolled Fiji and Japan’s inclusion in an expanded Rugby Championship.