The International Rugby Players Council is to meet again next week to further discuss any proposed global tournament, as well as plans to ensure a more meaningful and effective engagement with World Rugby.

International Rugby Players CEO Omar Hassanein said: “Our players are incredibly passionate about having their voices heard, not just in relation to the proposed international season, but in respect of all player issues that impact the men’s, women’s, 15s and 7s game.

“We have an agreement with World Rugby which requires meaningful engagement on key player welfare issues, however, too often information fails to be provided in a manner that allows players to realistically influence the outcome.

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** EDITORIAL USE ONLY First Meeting Of The International Rugby Players Council, Monaco 28/11/2018 This week, the International Rugby Players Council met for the first time in Monaco around the World Rugby Awards. Featuring some of the top players in the game, the group assembled to discuss major issues facing the game such as International Season structure, Player load, Concussion Return To Play protocols and laws of the game. The Council was brought together by International Rugby Players, the official representative body of professional players across the globe. For more information, contact International Rugby Players CEO Omar Hassanein greets All Black Sevens legend DJ Forbes at the first meeting of the International Rugby Players Council in Monaco last weekend Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

“For the benefit of our game and to ensure we avoid situations where players feel they have to take a public stand, the relationship with World Rugby and the basis upon which we interact on key issues needs to be a lot more meaningful and effective. This will be central to our discussions when we meet as a team next week,” said Hassanein.

Ahead of this meeting, International Rugby Players  will meet with World Rugby on Monday to discuss the relationship with the governing body as well as the specific issues raised by leading players last week.

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