'World Rugby not fully involving all stakeholders in Nations Championship talks'

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 14, 2019

However, the concept is in danger of collapse with the Six Nations organisation, also based in Dublin, being offered more than £500m by CVC for a 30 percent stake in the annual tournament reducing the financial need to take part in World Rugby's new competition.

This week, several unions and the worldwide players' body will meet in Dublin to deliberate over the controversial new global rugby competition.

Representatives from the Premiership and Top 14, as with the Pro14, have not been invited, however, even though they would face losing some global players for additional weekends. The clubs are now only obliged to release them for three games in June, three in November and for the Six Nations tournament.

It is understood they are willing to pursue the matter through legal action if necessary.

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But in a joint statement Premiership Rugby of England and their French counterparts, says their clubs feel World Rugby's proposal runs against what was agreed for a long-term vision at a meeting of major stakeholders in San Francisco in 2017.

"It appears that the new competition plan now challenges this balance by increasing the number of global matches, including among other periods extending into December with four or five successive worldwide weeks which had been specifically rejected for established annual worldwide competitions".

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"LNR and PRL regret the fact that World Rugby is not fully involving all stakeholders in seeking a consensus and can only reserve the option to take any action to preserve their rights and competitions".

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