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