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Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee will talk to World Rugby with regards to the availability of six players for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. This
16 Dec 2018 13:12
IN DOUBT

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee will talk to World Rugby with regards to the availability of six players for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

This was after it was reported by The Guardian that Premier­ship Rugby Limited (PRL) will stop players from joining their national squads until mid-August if World Rugby is not paying for insurance cover for players.

“We will be talking to World Rug­by on this. We want all our play­ers to be available right from the start of our preparation,” McKee said.

Fiji would potentially be without the likes of Leicester’s Campese Ma’afu, Newcastle Falcons quar­tet of Tevita Cavubati, Nemani Nagusa, Josh Matavesi and Ve­reniki Goneva, Northampton Saints Api Ratuniyarawa, Lon­don Irish prop Manasa Saulo (should they secure promotion) and Harlequins’ Semi Kunatani.

The major issue is insurance for injuries picked up while on international duty, with World Rugby recently raising the salary threshold of full compensation for an injured player from £225 K (FJ$601K) to £350 (FJ$935K) but the PRL don’t think it’s enough as reported by the Guardian.

That could mean teams would only have their full complement of players 35 days before the open­ing game of the Rugby World Cup, which is on September 20 when hosts Japan face Russia in Pool A.

England is the only exception because of the £220m (FJ$588m) Professional Game Agreement be­tween the PRL and the RFU which was signed in 2016.

Edited by Osea Bola

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