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Post by Rowanbi Fri 19 Feb 2016, 10:54 am

World Rugby announces expansion to ruling Council amid governance reform process:

Expanded game representation and independence at the heart of World Rugby governance reform
World Rugby Council has approved historic and wide-ranging reform of its governance structures, creating a dynamic environment for wider union and regional representation and an independent skills-based voice on the international federation's decision-making bodies.

Expanded tier two union and regional representation on Council
Executive Committee to include independent representatives
Women's Advisory Committee to be established
New governance model to operate after May 2016 Council meeting
Reform follows most successful Rugby World Cup to date and wide consultation
Rugby experiencing record-breaking global growth with 7.2 million players

http://www.worldrugby.org/news/122987


What's everybody's view about this? How is it going to effect rugby in the future? It appears to add up to direct representation from the tier 2 nations, belatedly, and the end of the foundation members' stranglehold majority on the committee - also belatedly. If I read it correctly, it will also reduce European dominance to some extent, while obviously increasing Oceania & the Americas' influence. What direction is this going to take us in? Will this lead to increased pressure for a more integrated calendar with fixtures between the respective tiers? & what other changes are likely? Personally I think it looks very exciting.
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Post by Sin é Fri 19 Feb 2016, 11:55 am

Its probably mostly cowpat.

Take for example this.

--- Accountability and transparency in all decision making and processes

But when you read this:

A senior figure in the world governing body of rugby union has resigned from an interview panel amid claims that unsuccessful applicants for the post of chief executive were lied to. In his resignation e-mail, Peter Boyle, the former President of the Irish Rugby Football Union, told the executive committee of the International Rugby Board (IRB): “I cannot in all conscience take part in the current interview process. The process in my opinion is fundamentally flawed and not open, fair and transparent.”

E-mails and documents seen by The Times indicate that 12 applicants for the £325,000-a-year post were not properly considered and that a meeting supposedly held to assess their suitability never took place

“The contents of this letter,” Mr Boyle said, “were a total fabrication and lie —no such meeting had even taken place. Following further inquiries it has emerged the recruitment agent agreed the final four candidates with the chairman and they were notified to attend a meeting in London on May 4 and 5 without reference to the other panel members. In my opinion the process is flawed and the reputation of the IRB stands to be damaged. You don’t have a reputation if you do not have integrity and the integrity of the process is clearly flawed.”

The task of finding a chief executive to replace Mike Miller, who left in January, was set in train by Mr Lapasset, the urbane Frenchman who beat England’s Bill Beaumont to the post of chairman. The IRB appointed Odgers Berndtson, the respected London headhunters, to lead the search. More than 20 candidates applied and 16 were considered suitably qualified. In April, this was whittled down to a shortlist of four who were recommended for interview by a panel comprised of Mr Lapasset, Oregan Hoskins, the vice-chairman, and Mr Boyle. Mr Lapasset and Mr Hoskins responded to Mr Boyle’s accusations by e-mail to the executive committee. They urged that to get “this critical search back on track”, Mr Boyle’s resignation should be accepted. But they rejected his assertions about a lack of integrity. Mr Lapasset will still lead the panel but with two new members assisting him.


That was the process used to hire the new Chief Executive, Gospor.
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Post by Rowanbi Fri 19 Feb 2016, 1:29 pm

Somehow looked a little too good to be true to me. Also, I've actually read nothing about it in the press. Surely if World Rugby were about to undergo such a major transition, we'd have read about it in places other than the Rugby World web site. I've got the Samoan Observer linked to my Facebook account, for example, and haven't seen a mention of this - yet they (Samoa) would be one of the major beneficiaries.

Still, I'd still invite any opinions on how this (apparently hypothetical) transition process might effect rugby's future.
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Post by Sin é Fri 19 Feb 2016, 2:31 pm

All the smaller nations are in the pocket of Lapassat/France who seems to me to have a similar modus operandi of Sepp Blatter.

I just hope they don't manage to destroy the goose that lays the golden egg (the Six Nations - founded by those 3 small little celtic countries 121 years ago with England coming into two years later).

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 19 Feb 2016, 2:35 pm

Good to place more emphasis on the womens game anyway. We've had the womens 6 nations follow on from the mens game at Twickenham a couple of times now, helping raise the profile. Ex Players like Alphonsi have really added to the analysis teams as well. Surely one of the main parts of the game a lot more effort needs to go into given the public campaigns around the women can thing.

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Post by fa0019 Fri 19 Feb 2016, 3:06 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:Good to place more emphasis on the womens game anyway. We've had the womens 6 nations follow on from the mens game at Twickenham a couple of times now, helping raise the profile. Ex Players like Alphonsi have really added to the analysis teams as well. Surely one of the main parts of the game a lot more effort needs to go into given the public campaigns around the women can thing.

I always thought womans rugby would benefit from concentrating on 7s rather than 15s to boost their own appeal specifically to woman.  Maybe that's a little sexist just not sure how much the average gal would look at the 15s game and think... that's me all over. No reason why females can't be top of the line coaches even in the men's game however. Graham Henry, Jake White... both were nothing more than school teachers who barely if at all played men's rugby. A rugby brain is a rugby brain, male or female.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 19 Feb 2016, 3:08 pm

Prefer full rugby either way. 7s is just a bit meh for me. Standard is much better than womens football for me and generally enjoy it when i've seen it.

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Post by fa0019 Fri 19 Feb 2016, 3:12 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:Prefer full rugby either way. 7s is just a bit meh for me. Standard is much better than womens football for me and generally enjoy it when i've seen it.

Pitches are a bit big for 7s IMO.... takes away the skill and pace becomes king.

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Post by Sin é Fri 19 Feb 2016, 3:14 pm

Women's 15 is getting to be very high profile here in Ireland now - what with winning the 6Ns twice and beating the Black Ferns at the last World Cup. Ireland is hosting the next World Cup in 2017.

7&1/2 - I just posted an article by Lynne Cantwell (recently retired Ireland international on Ireland's game v. France) in the Ireland Squad Announcement thread. Really excellent stuff.

A lot of the tv analysis here is being done by Fiona Steed (John Hayes's wife) and Rosie Foley (Anthony Foley's sister). Both are excellent.

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Post by Rowanbi Sun 21 Feb 2016, 8:38 am

Thanks for the feedback. So are the changes certain to go ahead? & are we ageed they were be highly beneficial in terms of significantly broadening the currently very limited extent of democracy on the council?
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