The preparation for the kickoff for the Rugby World Cup in Japan on September 20 is keenly anticipated; but the ruling body; world rugby needs to update its thinking to make the rugby showpiece a genuine tournament. This piece from Planet Rugby was published on Fiji Rugby Blog before the 2007 tournament in France. The favoured few need to open their hearts and minds for the lesser privileged to allow the tournament to be truly global. Please note a few changes; IRB is now world rugby and the site planet-rugby.com has now changed to rugbyplanet.com
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Fiji Rugby Blog’s post today is a well thought out presentation of the failure to globalise rugby. As well some of the reasons why the Rugby World Cup has been favoured for several teams and why smaller rugby nations should be allowed to have some input in the IRB decision making body. Thus have a level playing field for the snaller nations with the tradional powerhouses in the international Cup competition. You can check this discussion on the Planet Rugby forum at http://planet-rugby.com
WHY THE WORLD CUP WILL BE A FARCE
Rugby’s World Cup began with a hiss and a roar in the latter stages of the amateur era.
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Well known radio and TV commentator Graham Eden criticised Fiji Rugby Blog in it’s infancy in June, 2007 and FRB in it’s 10th post published the following:
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Fiji Rugby Blog received this email from legendary radio and television commentator Graham Eden.
Below is his letter in its entirety and Fiji Rugby Blog’s open letter response.
I’m unaware who you are but I can advise that such discouragement and trash as you are circulating doesn’t do you any good.
We don’t need such negative comment from one who is obviously so ill informed as you are.
It is time you updated your thinking
Sports Commentator for Fiji Broadcasting.
Open letter to Mr Graham Eden
I sincerely appreciate your comments.
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