The international tournament that Pichot proposed last year and promoted through World Rugby continues to generate controversy around the world and this time it reached one of the regions that looked with hope to have a place at the table of the great: the islands of Peaceful.
There, where the talent of huge players who nurture the great selected, there is anger and indignation to be outside a tournament – and a business – that would not take them into consideration for a decade.
Is that the format of competition that would start would not count for that time with promotions and descents and, instead of countries that have illuminated the world with its players, World Rugby would open the doors to two major markets: Japan and the United States.
Both would join the Rugby Championship with Los Pumas, All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks. On the other side, the traditional Six Nations and a confrontation all against all throughout the year, adding semifinals and final in the northern hemisphere in late November or early December. Something that also generated controversy for the number of games. There would be a second division, where Fiji, Samoa and Tonga would be.
For now, in social networks there is indignation among fans, players and ex. The Samoan Eliota Fuimaono Sapolui, former player of the national team, strongly showed his stance of boycotting the RWC 2019: “Pacific players’ unions must seriously, and I mean seriously, pressure the Pacific teams to boycott the RWC. today it absolutely ruined everything. ”
Kieran Read also expressed his concern about what could happen in the Pacific: “There are Samoans, Tongans and Fijians of 18 who will now be looking for which team to play, because if they play for their country they will never step on Twickenham or they will have the opportunity to I played with the All Blacks or Australia, I spoke with the three CEOs last night and the impact of this and they said ‘it’s the death of Pacific rugby’ and that they should aim for the Rugby League. ”
And he referred to the wear that the tournament could have on the players: “after listening to several players, we need to be careful in balancing the commercial with the well-being of the player and ensuring the quality and integrity of the matches.”