Rugby World - - PLAYER SURVEY -

Have been con­cussed

play­ing rugby

Have hid­den symp­toms in or­der to progress through the

‘re­turn to play’ pro­to­cols HE MA­JOR­ITY of play­ers use agents, with most pay­ing be­tween 5-8% of their con­tracts to their agent rather than a set fee. One of the prob­lems raised by play­ers in the sur­vey was their agents not step­ping in to help with any dif­fi­cul­ties at their clubs, with one cit­ing “a lack of sup­port for any is­sues at a club”.

Another player fo­cused on some agents’ self-in­ter­est in ne­go­ti­at­ing trans­fers, com­ment­ing: “Agents get paid more for send­ing play­ers over­seas. They don’t have the na­tional in­ter­est at heart. Young play­ers are moved around for agent prof­its, not al­ways ben­e­fi­cial to the player.”

These is­sues are dis­cussed by Con­rad Smith on page 17. The ex-All Black is work­ing with In­ter­na­tional Rugby Play­ers and World Rugby to in­tro­duce global reg­u­la­tions around player agents and set up a global reg­is­tra­tion pro­gramme to en­sure they are re­quired to meet cer­tain stan­dards.

With re­gards young play­ers, Smith wants to en­sure there are rules around the min­i­mum

Tage that an agent can sign a player. He says: “Some na­tional reg­u­la­tions need a player to be 18, oth­ers are 16, but as a gen­eral point no con­tract should be bind­ing for longer than a year or two.

“If a player goes re­ally well af­ter sign­ing their first con­tract, we don’t want them to be bound or to be tied to an agent for the next ten years af­ter they have signed at 18.”

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