Rugby World Cup information tournament could take place every two years instead of four
Posted On September 15, 2021
Former Wallabies Morgan Turinui and Justin Harrison have brushed aside the idea of having a Men’s Rugby World Cup every two years instead of four.
In an interview with The Telegraph, World Rugby Managing Director Alan Gilpin revealed that a biennial tournament is being considered, as football is also reflecting on the same concept of spinning money.
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“I think nobody wants it. We have a World Cup every two years,” said Turinui.
“We have a Women’s World Cup scheduled for two years between the Rugby World Cup cycle, it’s going to get bigger and bigger, that’s enough.
“You are working so hard to win a World Cup, you are surely resting on your laurels for four years.”
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Harrison, the CEO of the Rugby Players Association of Australia, was even more direct.
“I’m going to quote one of my favorite movies,” Harrison said.
“Tell them they are dreaming.”
Glipin described World Rugby’s position in his conversation with The Telegraph.
“The biennial World Cups have already been considered and it is certainly something that we will continue to consider,” said Gilpin.
“It’s an interesting concept, especially when you also think about the global development of women’s football.
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“But the men’s calendar is very crowded and complex, with many different stakeholders, and we need to make sure we engage with all of them before we consider a World Cup every two years.”
Gilpin also spoke about the controversial issue of arbitration and the punishment of criminal acts.
“We want to use penalties – yellow and red cards – to drive behaviors to make the game safer and more fun,” said Gilpin.
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“Yes, we are seeing more red cards, but we are also seeing a change in tackling behavior, which is what we are trying to drive.
“Players don’t usually go out to hurt each other.
“But what we want is for the players and coaches to take away the recklessness as well.
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“Although there have been a lot of red cards, we have seen this change in behavior.
“Now that should mean we see red cards going the other way as players adjust to the new laws.
“Again, we’ll see how replacing the red card affects this.
“There was also a lot of talk around the orange cards – maybe a 20-minute card while keeping the red and yellow.”
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