- Apr 10, 2009
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Just out of interest why do people think that the club model threatens the international one when as this article states it only expands it. At what point have any private clubs made demands that infringe on the current agreements?
As I point out - the Top 14 made certain many Fijian players wouldn't be released for the 2011 RWC.
Regardless of what you feel Leicester have done and will do - it's not like that represents clubs attitudes on the whole.
South African players during the last EoYT were expected to attend Toulon training camps and matches in the middle of the tournament. During the Tri Nations Fourie du Preez was only made avalible from his Japanese club for half the games. You can argue that is the agreement that they signed - but the reality is its clubs offering financial incentives to players to ignore the tests windows.
There is talk of USA players not being released for international matches against the All Blacks if it does fall outside the window which will endanger the match. This may again be totally their right, but I think it demonstrates that clubs are going to put their interests ahead of the international game. Giving clubs control would see those test windows reduced further - I remember a model proposed by several clubs which saw only a three month gap allocated to international rugby - enough time to include only the 6 Nations.