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Too much money is focused on the big nations in rugby union, making it harder for others to reach the top tier, an ex-England international says.

Rugby Union is played in 119 countries, but only four – England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia – have won the World Cup since it started in 1987.

Andy Gomarsall, who played in two World Cups for England, thinks it is hard for newcomers to compete with the funding.

He told BBC 5 live that there needs to be a better balance of the money,

“When England play to a full house at Twickenham, the expense, the money they make – it doesn’t sit well with current and former players that you could be playing Fiji, who are struggling to pay the bills just to get players to the game,” he told the Wake Up To Money Business of Sport programme.

“It just seems extraordinary that in this day and age this could ever be a possibility.”

Rugby has a rich pool to pick new host nations from and, according to Deloitte, a potential television reach of four billion.

Mick Hogan, executive director of Newcastle Falcons, says: “None of this exists without money and with World Rugby 85% of the money generates comes from the World Cup, and you

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