Four Nations Rugby

In 2012 the Four Nations rugby tournament looks set to replace the existing Tri Nations format contested by the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks, following an invitation to Argentina by the South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby (SANZAR) in September, 2009.

SANZAR made the invitation based upon several requirements that the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) would need to meet, including Argentina guaranteeing full player availability for the duration of the tournament, and financial modelling that conformed to SANZAR’s standards.

In May, 2010, the International Rugby Board (IRB) altered IRB Regulation 9 which governs the release of players, a move that was seen as a major step forward in making the Four Nations concept a reality.

The proposed format for the Four Nations tournament would see the four teams – the Wallabies, All Blacks, Springboks and Argentina – play each other on a home-and-away basis, meaning each team would play six matches overall, and the Four Nations tournament would comprise a total of 12 matches.

Fixtures: The proposed scheduled that was initially mooted saw the 12 matches take place over an eight-to-nine week period between August and October, and an abbreviated schedule in June/July in Rugby World Cup years.

Currently, there has been no announcement by either the IRB or SANZAR confirming whether the Four Nations tournament would be commencing in 2012, although a positive decision for the expansion of the Tri Nations to Four Nations is expected following the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Last updated: 4 November, 2011

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  • September 28th 2013 @ 7:20pm
    Grant Barnes said | September 28th 2013 @ 7:20pm | ! Report

    For attention: IRB

    Bernard Lapasset

    Brett Gosper
    Myra McGlynn
    Celine Glennon

    As an avid Rugby fan and the general feeling amongst fans around me at the game on Saturday night (14th September 2013), was that we had been robbed of the crunch game of the year.

    Romain Poite’s refereeing ruined Saturday’s game between the All Blacks and the Springboks in Auckland, a game between the world’s two best sides basically spoiled by a substandard second grade referee.

    I am so disappointed with the way a number of controversial decisions, which still don’t make any sense to me, dictated the game.

    Bismarck du Plessis’ yellow card for a legitimate tackle on Dan Carter was totally unfair, unjust and totally unprofessional refereeing. His second yellow which led to red was also very marginal and I have seen much worse in the Super 15 and Quad Nations this year without any consequences. As an avid fan I’ve not been able to watch the best of what we’ve got, against the best of South Africa. If this is what the IRB are allowing the game to deteriorate to, I might as well switch my allergens to a softer game like soccer, where falling to the ground and crying to get the ref’s attention calling for penalties is the norm.

    Saturday night’s game was not decided on equal merit and measure, at this level of the game. Rugby Union fans expect a hard game which is fairly managed and refereed, but to be penalising or punishing players for the inexperience of the referee who is better suited to refereeing a soccer game is unacceptable.

    48,000 fans came to watch the game of the season by two sides at the peak of their game, who paid good money only to be robbed by the IRB’s selection of the substandard referee. Based on the above I would like to claim a refund from the IRB for my ticket to the game.

    I look forward to your soonest response.

    Yours sincerely

    Grant Barnes

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