International rugby players need to have a ‘genuine seat’ at top table of world game

Omar Hassanein believes Nations Championship was a missed opportunity for the sport

International Rugby Players association chief executive Omar Hassanein says players were never opposed to the concept of a world league. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

International Rugby Players association chief executive Omar Hassanein says players were never opposed to the concept of a world league. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Out of touch, money driven: late last February this combination of sound bites hit World Rugby’s unreleased plans for a Nations Championship.

“To suggest that players can play five incredibly high level Test matches in consecutive weeks in November is out of touch.” Johnny Sexton’s input was followed by Kieran Read: “Fans don’t want to see fatigued players playing a reduced quality of rugby as part of a money-driven, weakened competition that doesn’t work for the players or clubs.”

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