World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has started working on his plans for the next four years.
Beaumont says he plans a progressive reform of governance, with an integrated approach to the global calendar.
The prioritization of player welfare, an accelerated promotion of the women’s game, and giving smaller nations more matches against big nations will be on his agenda.
World Rugby will draw up an action plan to see how it can help the tier two countries who are seeking support.
International rugby this summer is looking unlikely and a workable plan needs to be in place ahead of the November internationals.
World Rugby is already looking at the finances of all tier one nations and has promised to help those in trouble via Covid-19.
Beaumont says the World Rugby will deliver a mandate of ‘progressive reform’.
According to World Rugby, this will include enhanced governance reform, player welfare, injury-prevention and promotion of the women’s game, and sustainable investment in the sport.
Beaumont says World Rugby will tackle all the opportunities and challenges.
Beaumont says during this unprecedented and global COVID-19 crisis, World Rugby must act and unite unions from the north and south and the professional leagues around a common objective to define a strong and sustainable future for all.