Johnny Watterson: Biennial World Cups smack of killing the goose that lays the golden egg

In World Rugby’s case they must also look at the physical burden that players face

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup after their victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final over England at the Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup after their victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final over England at the Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The vacant off-season. It used to be the time of year players nursed their bodies back to health, emptied their minds of whiteboard strategies, plotted their next lucrative transfer move.

Now the off-season is seen as the idle piece of green belt that doesn’t look right without a multi-storey building on it. If there is a gap fill it. If there is time use it. If it is standing still, make it work.

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