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World Rugby Boss Under Fire

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper is under fire for tweeting he hopes England can make the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals this year. Australian Gosper sent out a tweet as
16 Mar 2015 09:06
World Rugby Boss Under Fire
Brett Gosper

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper is under fire for tweeting he hopes England can make the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals this year.

Australian Gosper sent out a tweet as England crashed out of the Cricket World Cup with a 15-run loss to Bangladesh, meaning they won’t be involved in the business end of the tournament.

“England fail to exit pool in World Cup… Not the words we want to hear during #RWC2015.#CWC2015,” Gosper tweeted.

With England hosting the Rugby World Cup, there are obvious hopes they can stay involved to keep local interest in a country where the sport has to play second fiddle to football.

England find themselves in arguably the toughest pool of the tournament, drawn with Wales, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay.

Only the top two teams advance to the quarterfinals, meaning a high-profile casualty is certain.

Gosper’s tweet drew a scathing response in Wales where media suggested it had caused concern in the Welsh camp with fears that the remarks could put undue pressure on referees and other match officials in fixtures involving England.

Walesonline.uk also reported that the Welsh Rugby Union was considering making a public response to the message.

The media organisation also felt the tweet questioned the neutrality of World Rugby.

“For somebody in his lofty position, they were inappropriate comments to come out with publicly,” they said.

“Gosper is an Australian so human nature decrees he will ideally want the Wallabies to go through from their group.

“With his World Rugby hat on, Gosper has made it clear how he views the importance of England progressing for the sake of tournament finances.

“So, who does that leave as the tournament fall-guys? Poor old Warren Gatland’s Wales. That’s who.

“Gosper should put this matter to bed by holding up his hands and apologising. If not, he should be hauled before the board of World Rugby to explain himself.”

 



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