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    Interesting article from the NZH.

    "In the past 10 years, only two tests have been played by the All Blacks against Pacific Islands opposition outside the World Cup. Only one of those matches was played in the Islands (Samoa, in 2015) but it cost the home union about $1 million, mostly in paying overseas-based players to be there.

    A case for a combined Islands team, based in Suva, was being considered again late last year by World Rugby but little has been heard of that lately. That's because more than 500 European-based Island players are unlikely to be involved. Coming home to play internationals for a team not solely representing their own country means they'd have to take huge salary cuts"
    There's a contrary point to make about the hubbub surrounding the so-called World League.
    Last edited by Piquet; 9th-March-2019, 20:28.

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      It would appear that, according to the NZH quoting Gavin Mairs of the Telegraph the Nigels are applying a "See you in Court, Mate" approach to the new World League.

      It seems the "English clubs were "100 per cent" behind their French counterparts ahead of crunch talks in Dublin next Thursday and had been angered that they had not been invited to take part in the negotiations"

      "European Champions Cup sources are also thought to be perplexed about the proposal"

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        Originally posted by Piquet View Post
        It would appear that, according to the NZH quoting Gavin Mairs of the Telegraph the Nigels are applying a "See you in Court, Mate" approach to the new World League.

        It seems the "English clubs were "100 per cent" behind their French counterparts ahead of crunch talks in Dublin next Thursday and had been angered that they had not been invited to take part in the negotiations"

        "European Champions Cup sources are also thought to be perplexed about the proposal"
        I suspect that the eary leak of Pichot's plan, probably by the English RFU, was designed specifically to spark a ****storm among the club owners, and kill the plan in its cradle.

        And it was unnecessary. The idea that the club owners would agree to it is laughable.
        Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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          Big money (100m per side) bid from CvC for 30% stake in 6N- according to BBC.

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            Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post
            Big money (100m per side) bid from CvC for 30% stake in 6N- according to BBC.
            That's interesting. I hadn't seen that report. Would £100m be enough for the cash-strapped RFU to face down England's club owners?
            Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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              Liam Napier in the NZH has a similar report.

              The Six Nations would no longer be FTA, Amazon would get it.

              "In further evidence of their push into rugby, CVC is also thought to be close to buying a major stake in the Pro14."

              "No deal between the Six Nations and CVC is believed to be imminent but, if accepted, it would almost certainly scupper the Nations Championship concept in any form.

              Such a path would leave everyone else out in the cold facing the same chilling financial challenges, with no sense of warmth in sight."


              "Unless Six Nations powerhouses can be convinced to vote for a global way forward, though, such details will be purely academic, and it could be back to the drawing board for the financially struggling southern nations.

              The Nations Championship could now be a dead duck."
              Last edited by Piquet; 13th-March-2019, 17:43.

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                NZH have an interesting take on the new arrangements.

                "In a constantly evolving landscape that promises to shape the global game one way or the other, World Rugby has found a money tree which it hopes will be enough to sway support for the Nations Championship concept."


                ​​​​​​£5 billion over 12 years, it seems, purely from Marketing and Media.

                No sale of equity.
                Last edited by Piquet; 14th-March-2019, 19:21.

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                  We’ll see your 500 million and raise you 4.5 billion.

                  We are good for it, even if you never heard of our new friend before today.


                  https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/47571016

                  World Rugby's hopes of reshaping the international game have been boosted after they revealed a £5bn offer to back their Nations Championship plans.

                  Six Nations organisers are considering selling a stake in the tournament to a private equity firm, potentially killing off World Rugby's plans.

                  But global sports marketing company Infront's Nations Championships offer is believed to have surprised unions.

                  "We live to fight another day," a World Rugby source has told the BBC.

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                    World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot added: "We are at an important time in our game's history.

                    "We have an opportunity to change the landscape of the game for the long-term betterment of all unions.

                    "We must work together to ensure the best possible future for our sport - a future where everyone is included and where everyone contributes to and benefits from a truly global game."


                    Putting all rugby behind a pay wall wouldn't be my idea of inclusivity!


                    Apparently Infront Sports & Media head man, Philippe Blatter, is the nephew of another famous Blatter.

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                      According to the Graunaid it's not all plain sailing for the proposed pooling of TV rights up north.


                      "The Six Nations countries are in danger of falling out over plans to aggregate their television and commercial rights, with England and France demanding an unequal share of the proceeds to pay off their clubs."

                      "That has left the other four questioning the value of a deal that would potentially make them more vulnerable to Premiership and Top 14 clubs when it came to holding on to their best players"

                      "The four would stand to gain more from World Rugby’s plan to set up a Nations Championship from 2022"

                      but "almost certainly meaning the end of the Six Nations being shown exclusively on free-to-air television."

                      "World Rugby met the leading unions, together with Fiji and Japan, in Dublin last week. It initially gave them two weeks to sign a due diligence agreement, which would allow the mutual inspection of books, but that deadline has been put back until 5 April. Under the plan there would be no involvement of private investment companies and the Six Nations would remain on free-to-air television."

                      "The major southern hemisphere unions have warned that, if the Nations Championship is aborted and the European unions opt for Project Light, widening the financial gap between north and south, they would consider not beefing up their championship and not touring, unless a fee was involved."
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                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoH3xDV8LD4

                        Not sure if this has been posted already but the updated plans for the new competition, max 12 games per year & promotion relegation.

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