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World Rugby say no to suggested mini World Cup

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World Rugby has rejected the idea off a major international tournament to be held in England next year.

The tournament was suggested to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus.

The idea was put forward by former chief executive of RFU, Francis Baron. He suggested a 16-team invitational tournament for next year June and July. This would have clashed with the Olympic Games and the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

He claims that the net profit would have been about $245 to $306 million.

The statement from World Rugby said this about the suggestion:

“World Rugby does not intend to pursue such a proposal.

“All stakeholders continue to progress productive discussions regarding the immediate global COVID-19 financial relief strategy and international rugby calendar optimisation, both of which will further the success of Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.”

Meanwhile, Exeter chief executive Tony Rowe said he wanted the interrupted English Premiership season played to a finish after the British government recently gave the go-ahead to a return to contact training.

“I don’t mind saying, last week I was pretty depressed as I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel,” said Rowe.

“At that time, we were not sure when we could get back to training and what the future told. This announcement this week has changed things and now I’m more confident that we will return to playing again soon.”

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