Thursday, 20 June 2019

Back to the drawing board for World Rugby

A "lack of consensus on key issues" has, it seems, led World Rugby to abandon plans for its proposed Nations Championship.

One of the major sticking points appears to have been the concept of promotion and relegation from the Six Nations, with some northern hemisphere unions unconvinced.

Although some might say that such a reason for not supporting the concept was a tad pathetic, I do feel that there are other areas where the plans were certainly deficient, not least in that they gave scant consideration to player welfare issues and didn't ever address the question of how crowning a new "World Champion" every year could not fail to undermine the World Cup.

It is a shame in many ways as the Nations Championship concept did at least try to address the question of a global season. Rather than throw the baby out with the bathwater, however, I would have thought that World Rugby could use the work done so far to come up with something that might garner unanimous support?

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