Brett Gosper

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Johnny Sexton of Ireland is tackled by Kieran Read of New Zealand. Both players emphatically rejected proposal of a new World League.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The system, quite clearly, is broken. What’s blindingly obvious is the need to establish a global calendar before any World League and lucrative broa(...)

 World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont will convene a meeting of stakeholders in Dublin to discuss proposals for a new World Rugby League. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont will convene a meeting in Dublin later this month in a bid to discuss proposals for a World Rugby League that has d(...)

Brett Gosper has promised the Pacific Islanders would not be “shut out”  of any World League creation. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Hold Goschot to account This time, Brett Gosper must be held to account for what he says. In May 2016 the chief executive emerged from a World Rugby (...)

Agustin Pichot: World Rugby’s vice-president has his work cut out if he is to persuade nations and elite players to buy into the World League concept as it is currently being presented.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In its eagerness to bring a 12-country World League into being, World Rugby has probably managed to antagonise many of its key stakeholders, with the (...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scoring against the All Blacks last November. Under the new World League proposals, Ireland would face each of the Rugby Championship countries at least once every year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Reports suggesting a World Rugby League has been agreed by all 12 participating countries and will begin in 2020 are liable to prove premature. Whatev(...)

What’s happening? The best rugby players on the planet - with Johnny Sexton and All Blacks captain Kieran Read at the vanguard - have drawn a line in(...)

Under Agustin Pichot’s proposal, the League of Nations would bring the Autumn internationals, summer tours, the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship together into one annual league.

Tills at the ready. Next weekend the annual jamboree that is the Guinness Six Nations – and the golden goose of the European game which generates ove(...)

USA’s Ryan Matyas celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against the Maori All Blacks in Chicago on November 3rd. Photograph: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The USA, World Rugby’s giant bagel with cream cheese. Taking a bite has become CEO Brett Gosper’s favourite eating binge fantasy. Munster recently an(...)

Joey Carbery and Kieran Marmion will look forward to gaining valuable international game time in their respective positions over the next month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When World Rugby’s vice-chairman Agustin Pichot and CEO Brett Gosper recently described non-tournament Tests as “friendlies”, it was a decidedly disin(...)

Leicester Tigers’ Will Spencer  is shown the red card by referee Ian Tempest   earlier this month at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photograph: PA

World Rugby has called for a greater consistency from referees when they hand out red cards but will not ask officials to show too much leniency, chie(...)

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