Rugby: NZ Rugby review cause for provincial concern

New Zealand Rugby insists the domestic game remains crucial to the long term success of the sport.

On Friday, NZ Rugby unveiled the initial findings of a review into our national sport.

But Newshub understands provincial unions fear it will leave them with more problems than solutions.

Provincial rugby has long been the heartbeat of our national game.

But the findings of a review sanctioned by rugby officials could spell trouble for the domestic game.

The information released around the review is light on detail, but clearly points to the domestic game as being an area that needs attention. 

NZ Rugby CEO Mark Robinson.
NZ Rugby CEO Mark Robinson. Photo credit: Photosport

Newshub understands that could mean a focus on merely driving participation, rather than player development.

Sources close to the review have told Newshub that provincial administrators are incredibly nervous about the position these findings and subsequent changes may leave them in.

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