30 Sep 2011

Players Association won't endorse World Cup boycott

6:54 am on 30 September 2011

The organisation which represents the country's top rugby players won't endorse a New Zealand Rugby Union threat to boycott the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The NZRU's chief executive Steve Tew says the event leaves the union about $13 million out of pocket, it can't afford to keep making a loss every World Cup year and has threatened a boycott as a last resort.

The International Rugby Board is currently carrying out a World Cup Operations review.

The New Zealand Rugby Players Association executive director Rob Nicol says the tournament's current financial model is flawed and while the IRB is carrying out a review it's not involving the players.

Nicol says the concept of a boycott doesn't rest well with professional rugby players and they don't believe it's the answer.

However he says he could see the NZRU simply saying it's too expensive to attend.