IRB promises World Cup review as New Zealand threaten boycott

The head of the New Zealand Rugby Union, Steve Tew, has claimed that participating in the competition is costing his country too much money.

We may not see the haka at the next Rugby World Cup if the two sides fail to reach an agreement.
We may not see the haka at the next Rugby World Cup if the two sides fail to reach an agreement.

THE IRB HAS said it will deal with recent concerns expressed by New Zealand relating to the heavy financial toll the country has taken from hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup, according to Reuters.

The head of the New Zealand Rugby Union federation, Steve Tew, had previously indicated that a boycott of the 2015 World Cup was an option they would consider, as he claims the competition’s current structure causes them to lose too much money.

Under the current rules, the All Blacks’ schedule for the Tri Nations and the November games against European opposition is heavily disrupted.

Tew told New Zealand radio:

“In the current environment, we just can’t afford to run a World Cup-year loss, nor do we think it’s necessary.”

He added that the chance of the side competing in 2015 was “very slim”.

And following Tew’s remarks, the IRB released a statement, which promised to look into New Zealand’s complaints, and noted:

“All tournament commercial revenues are re-invested by the IRB across its 117 member Unions during the four-year cycle between tournaments to increase competitiveness and advance development in order that rugby can be a truly global sport.”

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