|IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper|
considering changes that would
boost Argentina's chances of
hosting a Rugby World Cup.
Big news came from IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper today about a possible shift in power that would allow Italy and Argentina, both who are as yet the only 2 nations to come from outside the original 8 foundation nations of the IRB (5 Nations + Tri Nations) to break into their clique, to be able to get equal power in the IRB Council as the foundation nations.
Currently, the foundation nations get 2 votes each on debates on issues such as Laws of the Game, Rugby World Cup hosting rights, and international tour schedules. Whilst Argentina, Italy, Japan and Canada all get 1 vote, along with 1 vote from from the regional associations CAR (Africa), ARU (Asia), NACRA (North America), CONSUR (South America), FORU (Oceania) and FIRA (Europe).
This consideration for change is welcome news for both Argentina and Italy and will help them boost their chances of hosting a Rugby World Cup, which notably would increase Argentina's chances to host in 2023.
The old system was very much out of date, and more reflective of the sport back in 1987 where founding 8 were there, and Argentina, Canada, Japan and Italy were seen as the best minnows (discounting the Pacific Islanders who are a uniquely different situation). So it is about time that the system was updated to reflect Italy and Argentina's rise.