After a meeting in Dublin on Thursday, World Rugby announced that the sport would receive an investment of $ 6.6 billion over the first 12 years, including $ 2 billion guaranteed income for global football, thanks to an agreement reached with the world. Swiss sports marketing. Infront company.
The format of the new competition, dubbed the Nations Championship, would see the rugby league extended to six teams, Japan and Fiji (according to the current world rankings) joining New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and the United States. 'South Africa.
The rugby championship teams would then face Six Nations teams from Europe, which means each country plays at least 11 games a year.
Previous plans of promotion and relegation between the divisions remain, which would be decided by a playoff match between the best-performing teams of the best divisions and the best teams of the second divisions.
The Nations Championship would not take place during the World Cup years and there would be no promotion or relegation in the years when British and Irish Lions tours are scheduled.
World Rugby is optimistic that a vote on the proposed format will take place when the council will meet in May, with changes being implemented from 2022 when they are adopted.
"It was widely recognized that the proposal for the World Rugby Championship Nations, based on a true road for all, had been elaborated with the greatest care, with a thorough evaluation and with the global game in the forefront. plan of our reflections, "said President Bill Beaumont at the end of Thursday's Dublin meeting.
"We are encouraged to see that the format revisions and the robust financial model have been well received, and not just the established teams will benefit, accelerating the development and competitiveness of the global game.
"However, as can be expected in an ambitious, complex and multi-stakeholder project, not everyone agrees on the way forward, including promotion and relegation. "
The International Rugby Players Council has already said worried that the new calendar is "not in touch" with the modern game.
The social welfare agency today issued another statement in which it was stated that "the opinions of the players must be fundamental to any future proposal".
Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones, whose team will play for the Six Nations Grand Slam this weekend, said: "Frustrations over lack of player consultation are being addressed.
"It is in the interest of our game that World Rugby and the unions meet with the player population so that appropriate solutions can be agreed upon," Jones said. "Players with real and stronger voices can not be undervalued."