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World Rugby's radical expansion plans for a newly created world league comprised of the twelve leading rugby nations received a definitive thumbs down from the Six Nations group. The rejection, expressed in strong terms from Ben Morel, head of the Six Nations, effectively ended World Rugby's master plan to take over international rugby, reducing the power and independence of country unions.
In brief, the new world league proposal would be an annual contest of twelve nations playing in three pools with winners moving into final rounds. The league would replace the current autumn Test schedule with its lucrative attendance and television revenue, ceding sales and marketing to World Rugby, which would share in the new format's revenue.
In addition, Six Nations expressed disdain for World Rugby's suggestion that the tournament change its modus operandi to include promotion and relegation. There has been some drum beating for Six Nations to allow Georgia a pathway into the event, which would probably cause underperforming Italy to drop into the secondary European event (Spain, Romania, Russia, and Germany). Clearly, this relegation idea, if activated, would, one day in the future, witness the possible demotion of France or the four Home Countries, an unfathomable outcome for these historic rugby countries.
Morel was candid and dismissive when he stated "...a temptation for any sport to build future value on volume." It was subtle dig at World Rugby's aggressive plans to seek more money from more play without consideration for player welfare or for existing and successful events (i.e.; Six Nations).
World Rugby seemed indifferent to the potential global disinterest to the quadrennial Rugby World Cup, whose championship would be reduced in importance if an annual world league replicated a similar if smaller tournament.
For now, this world league is moribund. However, expect additional forays of change from World Rugby in the future, designed to find more money from rugby globally.