A game on edge: Can rugby save itself from self-destruction?

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul


  • The Review Proposal seeks to appoint nine independent directors with diverse skills for NZR’s board.
  • The unions’ proposal demands experienced provincial board members, including those with Te Ao Māori and Pasifika backgrounds.
  • There is widespread concern over NZR’s financial management and the recent reduction in provincial funding.
  • There’s a broad call for a leadership overhaul within NZR to ensure future success.


It’s fitting, given rugby’s laws are so open to interpretation, that two distinct narratives have evolved to characterise how the sport has operated in the past four years.

The establishment view is that rugby