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Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton raised player welfare concerns over World Rugby plans for a Nations League Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton raised player welfare concerns over World Rugby plans for a Nations League
Cassandra Castillo | 15 March, 2019, 09:29

World Rugby said it was "committed to the global advancement of rugby" with regards to the Nations Championship. Leading lights Owen Farrell, Johnny Sexton and Kieran Read spoke for all their fellow players when insisting the game's top talents do not want to play more Test rugby each season. Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said: "We want to ensure that there will be no repeat of the current situation and that the frustrations over the lack of player consultation are addressed".

"LNR and PRL regret the fact that World Rugby is not fully involving all stakeholders in seeking a consensus and can only reserve the option to take any action to preserve their rights and competitions". "Players having a genuine, and greater say, can't be undervalued".

Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers also commented: "The players feel that the existing understanding between World Rugby and the Players should evolve from a loose commitment to consult, to a requirement to reach agreement on certain key issues".

Among other announcements made by World Rugby, the proposed new format would be "underpinned by a record commercial partnership" with marketing company Infront, which they say will guarantee nearly £5 billion ($6.6 billion/€5.9 billion) for investment in the sport over 12 years.

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. "Most teams would play 11 matches".

"We want to be part of key decisions in the game, however at the moment we don't have a proper seat at the table to exert any influence", said Wallabies skipper Hooper.

It is believed that both Ireland and Scotland oppose the Nations League concept primarily because they do not agree with there being relegation and promotion for the Six Nations.

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However, World Rugby clarified these matters last week.

But the idea received criticism from some players and unions for, among other things, supposedly not prioritising player welfare or taking into account concerns of the club game.

News has emerged that CVC, who are a private equity firm, has bid for a 30% minority stake in Six Nations Rugby, with a reported fee of over 500 million euro mentioned.

World Rugby insists a majority of teams would play fewer Tests under the proposed new structure which officials believe will lend fresh impetus to the existing global calendar.

The Six Nations is Europe's top competition with the Rugby Championship featuring the best southern hemisphere countries.

"The feeling on the call was that it is no longer appropriate for World Rugby and the unions to determine tournament structures, logistics and tournament terms of participation without getting to an agreed outcome with players".

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