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Plans to launch World League reach crunch time

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We first heard about a World League when World Rugby vice chairman Agustin Pichot floated the idea last year in the media.

This seems to be not just an idea anymore with the chief executives of all the tier one nations to meet in Los Angeles to discuss this proposal next week.

World Rugby’s executive committee is hosting the meeting according to reports in the Telegraph 

The idea is to have a global knockout tournament to be stage in the autumn with a champions to be crowned in a final.

Such a tournament will have some opposition. The tournament will need some extra weeks which club owners will not be too happy about.

The is also a worry that this will undermine the World Cup being hosted every four years by World Rugby.

It is also reported that an unnamed broadcaster is driving the idea to secure the TV rights which may see them secure the Rugby Championships, Six Nations and the World League.

This may as well be CVC Capital Partners who in December signed a landmark partnership deal with the English Premiership. They are the same group that bought out F1 a few years ago.

One remember the Packer World Series in cricket and how that changed the sport of cricket.

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