It’s excellent news that Safi N’Diaye is one of the two current players to form part of the working group established by World Rugby to look into its governance. She is a familiar figure to British rugby fans, having represented France over 70 times in an 9-year career at the top level.
In France she has been the secretary-general of Provale, the equivalent of the English Rugby Players Association, since 2014, so can speak with considerable authority.
The remaining members are: Sir Hugh Robertson (Chair), Sir Peter Cosgrove and Angela Ruggiero – all three independents – Bernard Laporte (France) Martyn Phillips (Wales), Mark Alexander (South Africa), Marcelo Rodriguez (Uruguay), Cristina Flores (Americas North and South), Cathy Wong (Oceania), Alin Petrache (Romania) and Omar Hassanein (the other player rep), Sir Bill Beaumont and Brett Gosper (CEO World Rugby).
The group has a wide-ranging brief, looking to reflect on every aspect of the global game including gender balance and player representation.
It hopes to present its conclusions to the World Council before the end of the year, but obviously the pandemic makes round-table discussions impossible at the moment.