Nations Championship: Six Nations bosses have ‘open mind’ on new world league

By Chris Jones

BBC rugby union correspondent

England’s defeat by Unique Zealand in November used to be the first time the countries had played one one more since 2014

Six International locations officials will abet a gathering in Dublin with an “delivery ideas” because the theorem of a International locations Championship hangs in the balance.

World Rugby desires to introduce a 12-physique of workers league from 2022 in an strive to revamp the international calendar.

The recent format would require promotion and relegation from the Six International locations, which has to this point been strongly adversarial.

But a provide talked about they’d lunge to subsequent week’s meeting “with an delivery ideas and the passion of the sport at heart”.

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While the Six International locations has yet to commentary, it is idea a different of the dwelling unions protect reservations regarding the International locations Championship, with the Irish and Scottish unions the most sceptical.

English rugby also remains unconvinced, with sources at every the Rugby Soccer Union and the Premiership clubs enthusiastic by how the plans would possibly perchance perhaps well contravene the binding San Francisco agreement of 2017, when a brand recent world calendar used to be formally mapped out till 2032.

The Premiership clubs is now not going to abet the summit, nonetheless are a essential stakeholder given they successfully luxuriate in England’s leading avid gamers.

England captain Owen Farrell has already voiced his concerns on welfare grounds and the aptitude conflict with the clubs, who would again must alter the home calendar if the International locations Championship goes by arrangement of.

Owen Farrell used to be joined by Ireland’s Jonny Sexton and Unique Zealand’s Kieran Be taught in voicing anxiousness regarding the plans

“We now include repeatedly had an delivery ideas, nonetheless we aloof include questions that need solutions,” talked about an RFU provide.

Then again Italy head coach Conor O’Shea has turn out to be the first leading Six International locations resolve to publicly throw his enhance wearisome the belief.

O’Shea’s Italy would possibly perchance perhaps well be most at risk from a Six International locations promotion and relegation design, nonetheless the gentle Harlequins boss says the match would possibly perchance perhaps well aid the area sport.

“It brings that component of opponents and it be a expansive formulation to ogle development for the length of the sport,” he informed BBC Radio 4’s These days programme.

“On the face of it I mediate it be a terribly comely step ahead and a terribly engaging theory.”

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