World Rugby scraps plans for global Nations Championship

World Rugby has abandoned plans for a new Nations Championship after failing to gain the required support.

The governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 unions that make up the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship and Europe’s Six Nations.

World Rugby says there was a ‘lack of consensus on key issues’ including the tournament’s format.

The Nations Championship was due to start in 2022.

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: ‘World Rugby undertook this important project with the best interests of the global game at heart in line with our vision to grow the sport as a game for all.

‘While we are naturally disappointed that a unanimous position on the Nations Championship could not be achieved among our unions, we remain fully committed to exploring alternative ways to enhance the meaning, value and opportunity of international rugby for the betterment of all unions.”

‘We remain fully committed to exploring alternative ways to enhance the meaning, value and opportunity of international rugby.

‘This includes our continued commitment to competition and investment opportunities for emerging nations to increase the competitiveness of the international game with a view to possible Rugby World Cup expansion in 2027.’

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