International Rugby Players Make Plea To World Rugby Following Spain Fiasco

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International Rugby Players have asked World Rugby to take more control over global tournaments in the wake of the recent controversy surrounding the Rugby Europe Championship.

Spain and Belgium’s fixture has been a huge talking point in the last few weeks, with World Rugby stating they will carry out a full review of the fixture after ineligibility issues came to light.

The official players representative body also want greater transparency around the Rugby World Cup qualification process along with more accountability from Regional Associations.

“We support World Rugby’s efforts to eradicate any perceived manipulation of fair play,” said CEO of International Rugby Players, Omar Hassanein, in a statement.

“But this investigation highlights the need to closely monitor the activity of regional associations, particularly around Rugby World Cup qualification matches.

“Players, especially at Tier Two level, sacrifice a lot to follow their Rugby World Cup dream and, if integrity is undermined, it will erode the trust which exists between players, administrators and fans of our sport.

“The players deserve better than this.”

The International Rugby Players also welcomed World Rugby’s decision to form an independent disputes committee to examine issues around the Rugby Europe competition.

“We have seen how damaging it can be to the reputation of other sports when questions about integrity have been raised and are not dealt with properly,” added Hassanein.

“Competitions at all levels of the professional game need to be administered with the same high standards to preserve the integrity and values of our sport.”

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