The Pacific Rugby Players Welfare organisation’s idea of a profit share system with tier one nations has received almost universal backing on social media.
PRPW director Dan Leo has shared a letter sent to the unions of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and France in which he suggested a “revitalised profit-share model” whereby a 10 per cent share of the profit generated by tier one nations hosting tier two nations is shared.
Currently, the home side keeps 100 per cent of the profits, but it is said on the PRPW website that “just 10 per cent of the profits from a sell-out England match at Twickenham could help a Pacific Islands nation run their international set-up for three years”.
Leo also wrote of the pressures that the Pacific Islands nations are under such as “player drain, the lack of any viable professional pathway, the reliance on government funding, and issues of depression/suicide resulting from players having to leave home”.
The former Samoan international said that these issues would be alleviated with more funding, as well as strengthening the teams and increasing competition in the international game.
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— PacificRugbyWelfare (@pacificwelfare) August 21, 2019
Amidst all the gloom surrounding state of Pacific rugby of late, this is a positive solution and perhaps light at the end of the tunnel for the sustainability of the sport in our region
— Daniel Leo (@danleo82) August 21, 2019
It's about time that some good news is potentially on the horizon towards better funding the Pacific Islands Test-playing countries https://t.co/Ahh5MuLHm5
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) August 21, 2019
Leo’s idea has been widely supported by many people on Twitter, who equally feel that the wealthier nations should be doing more to help those that are struggling. Of course, it is hard to know the intricacies of such a proposal, but in theory, this is something that fans from all over the world seem to support.
Only this past autumn, Fiji faced Scotland and France, historically beating the French, and Tonga faced Wales. The Scotland versus Fiji game at Murrayfield was a sell-out and any share of that has been shown to be hugely beneficial to tier two nations.
The player drain and financial troubles of the Pacific Islands nations has been an issue for many years, and the vast majority of the rugby world would want to see those teams helped to play to their potential.
That is why an idea like this is proving to be so popular already for many. This is what has been said:
It would be incredibly selfish of the 6N teams not to agree to this. Never do it for NZ, but definitely for the pacific island teams. https://t.co/7m361clqhH
— Dave Owen (@hobbittfeet) August 21, 2019
This is such a good idea – and it’s only 10% they are asking for. Even if more Tier 1 countries (hate that term!) play in the Pacific Islands, sell out crowds wouldn’t bring in this kind of money. If Unions are serious about expanding the sport, this is a golden opportunity! https://t.co/BcHH0hhiRG
— Nicks Johnston (@nicksjj) August 21, 2019
This is a fantastic initiative & I would urge the Unions of Eng, Wal, Scot and Fra to agree to what PRW are proposing.
Pacific Islands need support, & simply cannot generate necessary revenue. This would be huge help – provided guarantees of proper financial management in place. https://t.co/2mUCv72q1w
— Rugby and the Law (@rugbyandthelaw) August 21, 2019
— Nkululeko Mnikathi (@Nkuli_MniCarthy) August 21, 2019
. @sixnationsrugby we must work with the Pacific nations to create a framework to not only allow these incredible players to continue being a huge part of our sport but to do it in a fair & inclusive way. Rugby is exploiting these countries and their players and it has to change. https://t.co/QlrioLkdcY
— Ola (@OlaLola81) August 21, 2019
It shouldn't be necessary to ask. The greedy unions should recognise that they benefit from the PI nations being strong https://t.co/88Gw3XkjEm
— Wrighty (@neilwrightlegal) August 21, 2019
Open letter to the rugby unions of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, & France. Ref the Pacific rugby players welfare, CMON DO THE RIGHT THING.
— John Jephcott (@JJ43_Wasps) August 21, 2019
Really hope they do something about this. The Home Nations could share 10% of the wealth https://t.co/l4dGSpcl5n
— Rob Rich (@robrich247) August 21, 2019
How about any Tier 2 Union that travels a Tier 1 gets a match fee in line with the predicted scoreline…the bigger the spread, the bigger the payout. And this isn't just about PIs!
— AC Slater (@TheStroBro) August 21, 2019
The RFU donated £75,000 to Samoa after the Test at Twickenham in 2017 as the players shared their match fees, and this is one of the goodwill donations that Leo wrote of in his letter. He said they made a “huge difference for the receiving unions” and it is understandable why an official and a more consistent system like that should be set up.
Already this year, tier two nations have been able to fend off the threat of the proposed Nations League which they felt would be hugely detrimental to the Pacific Islands teams and now this proposal is about taking a positive step.
In order for the game to grow, those nations that may be struggling financially cannot be ignored and this could be a step in the right direction.
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