Premier Rugby and World Rugby have not yet reached an agreement that will guarantee players from Wales, Scotland and several other countries the right to participate fully in World Cup preparations.
Wales call their training team next Tuesday for the finals in Japan. But Warren Garland is still not sure he has access to players such as Liam Williams, Dan Biggar and Taulupe Faletau for their training camp in July and their warm-up match against England on August 11th.
The next meeting of the World Rugby Council is scheduled to take place on May 22 and it is hoped that at that moment, a dispute with Premiership Rugby will finally be resolved. Fans are ready to watch live action and booking tickets for the rugby world cup.
Last December, The Guardian newspaper announced that Premiership Rugby had launched a threat of insurance lawsuits against World Rugby. As a result, they insisted on strictly enforcing the release of non-English players.
Such a restriction would mean that a group of Welsh and Scottish players – as well as other players from Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji, under contract with Premiership clubs – could not participate in their country’s preparations for the World Cup.
“We continue to talk to World Rugby and, although we have made progress, there are still some outstanding issues,” said a Premiership Rugby spokesperson.
Positive discussions are continuing, but some details still need to be confirmed. We cannot confirm these more specific details at this stage, but we look forward to furthering positive discussions with World Rugby.
World Rugby Rule 23 states that clubs are compensated by unions for injuries incurred internationally by players earning less than £ 225,000 a year. Something more than that is paid by the clubs.
Rugby World agreed to increase the threshold to £ 350,000, but Premiership Rugby did not want a limit and asked that it be removed on the basis that there are 60 non-English internationals in the Premiership earning £ 225,000 or more and £ 25 to £ 350,000 or more.
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