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New 12-Team Championship Proposed

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We found this reported on Rugby365.com but it was apparently first published on RugbyPass.com earlier in the week. Because it is interesting (and we have the space on this page) we have chosen to run most of it here for you.

“The Six Nations countries have reportedly held talks with unions in the Southern Hemisphere to create a new world championship series.

“World Rugby’s proposed 12-team Nations Championship – a project they claimed they had £6.1-billion in funding for a 12-year competition running over three World Cup cycles – was scrapped earlier this year due to a lack of a buy-in from the Six Nations countries who refused to accept the promotion and relegation aspects to the idea.

“However, it has now emerged that the 10 leading unions met up during the recent World Cup in Japan to tease out the possibility of creating a more structured Test calendar that would culminate in a final series every two or four years.

“With Japan 2019 generating record revenues and television viewing figures, the UK Daily Mail have claimed union representatives held discussions in the hope of coming up with a formula that would ensure the leading teams would play each other more often.

 

“For instance, in the current cycle of fixtures, England had only played New Zealand once in five years prior to last month’s World Cup semifinal meeting in Yokohama.

“While World Rugby’s proposal was ultimately binned, with concerns of player welfare also a factor due to the number of games proposed, a less demanding schedule that would not involve every country playing each other every other season could be the key to establishing a new championship series.

“Another reported crucial difference from the scrapped World Rugby plan is that the new series would be ring-fenced by restricting it to only the ten Six Nations and Rugby Championship countries, along with Fiji and Japan…"

It’s an interesting idea but one that could spell the end of the Six Nations and The Rugby Championship. There’s a lot of money wrapped up in both so that is likely to be a significant hurdle to overcome.



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