11 Nov 2015

Boost for tier two rugby nations

4:33 pm on 11 November 2015

Second tier rugby nations such as Japan, Georgia and the U.S. will have a greater say in the running of World Rugby after wide-ranging reforms aimed at growing the sport's global appeal.

In the wake of the World Cup in England voting rights on the World Rugby Council will be widened.

All unions who have qualified for the last two Rugby World Cups will have one vote and one representive on the World Rugby Council, rising to a maximum of three votes depending on certain criteria being met.

The Webb Ellis Trophy

The Webb Ellis trophy Photo: Supplied: RWC

In addition all six regional associations will also receive two votes.

In other reforms aimed at modernising and streamlining the governing body, two independent skills-based directors will be included on the 12-strong Executive Committee.