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Premiership Makes World Cup Threat

Premiership Makes World Cup Threat

Premiership Rugby has threatened not to release non-English players for World Cup training camps unless insurance covers improve.

The clubs are upset by the cap on insurance paid out by World Rugby if one of their players is injured at the tournament, despite the limit recently having been increased to £350,000.

The insurance only encompasses a 12-month period and some clubs are annoyed that the payout may not cover a player’s entire wages should they earn more than £350,000.

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Therefore, Premiership Rugby boss Mark McCafferty says England-based Wales and Scotland players will not be released for the World Cup until mid-August, ruling them out of summer training camps.

Wales have put plans in place to go to Switzerland in July for a training camp, before friendly matches in the build-up to the tournament in Japan, which gets underway on 20 September.

“All we are asking for is the same sort of system that exists in football,” McCafferty told BBC Radio 5Live. “If we release players for international duty and they are injured on international duty, then the international game should bear the liability for that.

“We have made that position very clear to World Rugby.”
One of those players who could be affected is Wales fly-half Dan Biggar, who is currently on the books of Northampton Saints, and he is keeping his fingers crossed for a resolution before next summer.

He told BBC Wales Sport: “Hopefully a bit of common sense will prevail and obviously I want to be involved in everything that’s on the schedule.”

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