The report paints a bleak picture of the union, describing it as an outdated organization, paralyzed by its own structure, and unsuitable for the modern era. “The New Zealand Professional Era Association is a large and complex undertaking. The structure it fits into was not designed for a company of this size and complexity.Chief Rapporteur David Pilkington said.
The committee, commissioned by the NZR and the Rugby Players' Association (NZRPA), found flaws in the governing body's constitution and governance structure. Former captain Of all blacks Graham Murray was one of them.
According to one “overwhelming percentage” Of the 191 people interviewed, current arrangements “It results in a board that, on the whole, is not qualified enough to provide the leadership the sport needs.”The report indicates.
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Among its recommendations, the committee proposes an independent process “Ensuring the appointment of a competent and effective board of directors to manage the union.”.
The report also calls for the establishment of a stakeholder council to ensure grassroots rugby's voices are heard by the union's leadership. Furthermore, he questions the financial viability of the country's elite rugby system, pointing in particular to the large number of professional players.
NZR President Patsy Reddy said the council would take time to analyze the report before “Take into account all recommendations”. The All Blacks will play their opening World Cup match against host nation France on September 8.
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