Posted September 29, 2018 06:24:55The Rugby World Censorship Authority is to launch an inquiry into the timing of the first official start of the Rugby Football World Cup, amid concerns the tournament could have “doomed” the sport.
Key points:The Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Players’ Association are now both calling for a reviewThe RFL has confirmed that it is “open to considering” the possibility of playing a World Cup match against the British and Irish Lions in 2019The Rugby FA has said that it “does not believe” a World C-World Cup is in the offingThe RWC will be held in 2019 but there have been suggestions it could be played in 2022The Rugby world cup has been the subject of speculation for months, with an official start date in 2019 the latest option.
But the RFL, the RPSA and the players’ union have now announced a review into the future of the tournament.
“The Rugby Federation of Ireland, the Rugby League Players’ Union and our players are all committed to a World Rugby C- World Cup which we believe should be played at a time and in a location of our choosing,” Rugby Football Association of Ireland chief executive Peter Robinson said.
“It is clear that the decision of when to play the 2019 Rugby World Championship was made based on the fact that the 2019 World Cup is currently scheduled for the 2020 Rugby World Challenge.”RFL chief executive Ian Ritchie said he had “great respect” for the RLIF but the “failing” World Cup.
“We have a strong view that we should be able to play in 2022 at a date and venue of our own choosing,” he said.
“It is our view that if there is a World Championship at that time then that will be a good thing for the sport and the RLF.”
The RLIF had previously said that the 2020 World Cup was “not in the cards” and the only “real option” was to play a World Challenge in 2021.
It said the 2019 event was “the only realistic option” but that the RLI was “ready to consider” the 2022 option.
“Our players are clear that this tournament has to be played,” RLIF chief executive Nigel Melville said.
“I have great respect for the RFI [Rugby Ireland Football Union] and the RFS [Rio de Janeiro Football Federation] for the way they have handled the situation and I think they have a responsibility to make sure that the tournament is played on a realistic timetable.”RPSA chief executive Simon Byrne said the RLSA was “in the process of conducting a full inquiry” into the tournament and the impact it would have on the game.
“There is no doubt the World Cup has been a massive success and the fact it will be hosted in 2019 has been hugely welcomed by our fans,” Mr Byrne said.RFL players are also urging the RFA to review the scheduling of the 2019 tournament and to “move forward in a fair, transparent and transparent way”.
“It’s the RFEA’s job to ensure the World Rugby Cup is played at the earliest possible date, in a safe and ethical way and we are all in agreement on that,” RFL chief rugby officer Peter Watson said.
Mr Watson said the RFPA and Rugby World Federation were “fully committed” to working with the RLFA on the matter.
“As a member of the RFO we support the RLFI’s approach and have spoken with them about it.
We would hope they would also be prepared to provide a reasonable timeframe for a World XV to be selected,” Mr Watson said, referring to the RLFU’s Rugby World XV.
The RLF had said it was “open” to exploring the possibility the World Championship could be held at a “more appropriate time”.
“We would be open to exploring any and all possible options,” the RDF said in a statement.
“The RLFF is committed to taking the best possible action to ensure this does not happen.
The RLFI and RFL have discussed the World CWC as a potential option and we have all been open to the possibility.”
A spokesman for the Rugby Premier League (RPL) said it “strongly supports” the RFTC’s decision to review scheduling of future World Cups.
“Any changes to the World Series schedule are not in the best interests of the game in any way, shape or form,” the spokesman said.