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RFU Lay Down The Gauntlet To New Zealand After All Blacks Demand £3 Million Appearance Fee

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: (L-R) Kieran Read, Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu of the All Blacks perform the haka during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Negotiations with the goal of establishing a global season have not started well.

With no international fixtures scheduled to take place after the 2019 World Cup, the New Zealand Rugby Union began to make a power play so as to bring about changes to the way rugby is structured over the course of the next decade.

Among their demands are the establishment of a new global calendar, and a cut from the revenue the All Blacks generate during their northern hemisphere tours.

As a means of forcing World Rugby’s hand, the NZRU threatened to cease touring the northern hemisphere and instead arrange stand alone fixtures against opponents willing to pay £3 million.

New Zealand v South Africa

However that plan now seems to be tatters, after Ian Ritchie, the RFU’s Chief Executive, not only hinted at few changes to the current calendar, but stated that England will not be sharing any revenue raised during future autumn series with the Southern Hemisphere nations.

Of course they say they want more money, but there is nothing to stop Australia or New Zealand building a stadium.

Go build a stadium if you want to increase your revenue growth.

We have all been through it here in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and ourselves, incurring debt on stadium build in order to reap the benefits.

Ritchie went further in The Telegraph, pointing out the hypocrisy of the NZRU’s demand, ‘We didn’t get anything out of going to Australia in June. And ditto from the Lions. I can’t see the case for arguing the other way. Of course we should get a return on Twickenham from the money that the RFU has put in. We keep what we make to put back into the game’.

With both sides not looking to back down, the impasse looks set to continue until either an agreement is reached or someone caves in.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena


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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.