World Rugby relaunches Nations Championship plan ahead of key November talks
World Rugby has developed four models for a Nations Championship project that will begin after the Rugby World Cup in 2023, Thing can reveal.
The Nations Championship – heavily backed by New Zealand rugby – was first launched in 2019, but fell apart when unanimous agreement could not be found on the format.
However, World Rugby has not given up on giving more “meaning” – and value – to the test program, and the game’s stakeholders are ready for key discussions next month after a range of different formats was discussed.
“We are currently talking about restructuring the championship, the global competition, with options 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B,” said Hale T-Pole, president of Pacific Rugby Players. Thing.
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“It could be a roster of 12 countries, or eight-eight, the top eight from the southern hemisphere and the top eight from the north.
“Then you have a top four in the top four, with a level 2 competition with eight teams, or whatever they call it,
“So we are currently in discussion with World Rugby from the perspective of international rugby players and all of our members. I think November will be an exciting time for these discussions.
“I’m just like ‘let’s play some games man, we need more games’.”
World Rugby made it clear in its initial vision for the Nations Championship that raising so-called Tier 2 nations such as Samoa, Fiji, Japan and Tonga was a key part of the strategy, seeing it as “a first. way for emerging unions. to compete at the top of the annual competitions ”.
Among the Pacific Island players T-Pole represents, that hunger is greater than ever, especially after a reunited Tonga side were humiliated 102-0 by the All Blacks in July.
USA Rugby General Manager Ross Young also said Thing recently that the Eagles were also desperately looking for a competitive structure that would help them improve ahead of the 2027 and 2031 Rugby World Cups.
T-Pole confirmed that a “Pacific Rim” contest was also under discussion. “He was dropped off in the conversation.
“As you know, the more games, the better for the islands. Obviously, Covid-19 has not helped them, but there has been talk of playing the United States in a pan-Pacific competition. “
T-Pole has also shot at Six Nations teams – especially Scotland, Ireland and Italy – to continue blocking the eligibility lane of former All Blacks or Wallabies who want to represent Tonga, Samoa or Fiji, like Jason Taumalolo did at the Rugby Union World Cup.
“I’ve always joked that if we get these players who played for the All Blacks and then play for Tonga, when it comes to playing against the Six Nations teams, they don’t have to play. . I would be happy, ”he said.
“They can play anywhere, but if Tonga is up against Scotland or Italy, they can make another rule and they can’t play.
“So Charles Piutau you can play against everyone but when you play against Ireland you can’t play that day.”