Rugby powers to hold talks on new global north v south tournament


  • Biennial competition would feature pool stage and grand final
  • Insider says new format has been “broadly agreed by all parties”

Rugby chiefs are poised to hold key discussions on Tuesday over the proposal to radically shake up the international calendar and introduce a new global competition to be staged every two years.

Representatives from the Six Nations, Sanzaar (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby) and World Rugby are poised to meet for crucial talks in Dublin over a biennial north v south competition, which would fully launch in 2026. It would be the sport’s biggest overhaul since the dawn of professionalism in 1995.

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Written by Gerard Meagher
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