EDI­TOR’S LET­TER “It’s time for a global gate-share agree­ment”

Rugby World - - FRONT ROW - Sarah Mock­ford, Edi­tor

THIS IS an im­por­tant is­sue of Rug­byWorld as we present the find­ings of a sur­vey with the world’s top play­ers, re­veal­ing their views on the game’s big is­sues. We’ve worked with In­ter­na­tional Rugby Play­ers on this and some of the re­sults are, frankly, shock­ing. Nearly half the play­ers have felt pres­sured by coaches to play or train when not fully fit and 28% have hid­den symp­toms from head in­juries to start the re­turn to play process.

Most damn­ing is that nearly a quar­ter of elite play­ers have felt pres­sured by clubs not to play for their coun­try, with 9% suc­cumb­ing to that pres­sure.

One thing I think would help is a global gate-share agree­ment. Scot­land sold out their game against Fiji, while a crowd of more than 60,000 watched Wales beat Tonga. A cut of that rev­enue would help Tier Two teams en­sure their play­ers don’t have to make fi­nan­cial sac­ri­fices to rep­re­sent their coun­try.

Find all the sur­vey re­sults on P36-43 – and have a fab­u­lous fes­tive sea­son.

Email: sarah.mock­[email protected]­dia.com Phone: 01252 555272Twit­ter: @heel­son­halfway

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