World Rugby abandon plans for Nations Championship
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Date: 21 June, 2019 15:24

World Rugby have ditched their plans to introduce a new Nations Championship worth 6.1b after failing to gain unanimous support from unions.

Scheduled to launch in 2022, the 12-team format was created with the intention of adding deeper meaning to international tours while also flooding the sport with money accrued from broadcast rights deals.

But leaked drafts for the project were met with an avalanche of scrutiny when they showed no Pacific Island nation was included among the top-tier teams, with Japan and USA preferred.

Unwilling to budge on this matter, World Rugby met with bosses from northern and southern hemisphere unions to discuss how a promotion-relegation aspect could be implemented.

Talks which have proved futile despite the sport now attracting interest from private financial entities such as CVC.

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