After brokering the deal for a new European Cup, starting next season, bosses of Aviva Premiership clubs are understood to be working on plans for a World Club competition, according to The Independent.
It has been reported that the English clubs will test the resolve of the IRB by proposing plans to create a new worldwide club tournament for the summer of June 2018 which, as it stands, is currently a designated international rugby window.
The clubs have clearly been buoyed by the shift of power in the European game after the creation of a new governing body, European Professional Club Rugby, which sees the clubs granted considerably more influence and the unions taking a backwards step.
On the back of this, organisers have reportedly already discussed plans for a month-long World Club Cup with broadcasters both in England and South Africa. It would involve the eight quarter-finalists from the newly-formed Champions Cup, and eight Super Rugby franchises.
Bath chairman Bruce Craig, who was instrumental in engineering the new Champions Cup, has however admitted that a World Club Cup could be delayed until 2022, with international teams’ summer tours already agreed up to 2019, and British & Irish Lions tours scheduled for 2017 and 2021. And of course given the level of politics we’ve seen this season, any agreement is likely to be some way off at this stage.
What do you think of the idea? Would you like to see a World Club Cup take place in the near future?
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