PRO14 Club Claims A British & Irish League Is Coming And Reveals When
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Ospreys chairman Rob Davies has claimed a British and Irish League is in the works and will be in place by 2022.
CVC Capital Partners is on the verge of acquiring a 27 per cent share in the Guinness PRO14, which will see an influx of £120 million into the league, having acquired a similar steak in the Gallagher Premiership last gear, albeit for a larger sum.
They are also in talks to buy a large share in the Six Nations and it appears they are looking to bring their investment portfolio all under the one umbrella with an ambitious British and Irish Super League.
Speaking at a press conference to address the region’s current issues regarding coach Allen Clarke, Davies said:
“It’s been tough but we’ll come out of it pretty well.
“We were already coming out of it pretty well, losing a coach is a mere blip. It’s not going to stop the progress that we’re making with the help of the PRB and others.
“We’re making very good progress to achieve our ambition to become a highly competitive region when the British and Irish League commences.”
When asked if this proposed league was a certainty he said:
“It’s as certain as once you get these hedge funds involved and there is lots of money on the table, something is going to happen.
“It will be nothing to do with me but I’d vote for it.”
And with the current tv deals set to expire in two years – Davies reckons this new league will be in place by 2022.
“All the TV deals are due to expire in two years,” he explained.
“CVC, who already have an interest in the English, are attempting to secure the rights to the Six Nations, that discussion is well advanced.
“When you’re dealing with the Irish, the French and the Scots and add in the Italians, it’s not easy to get a consensus.
“Those negotiations are proceeding quite well. The timescale for them is probably the middle to the end of the autumn internationals next year.
“That will enable a different outlook towards planning a season in a more structured way so you can fit in the league and the Six Nations in a more orderly fashion instead of having all this disjointed way that it currently is.
“That’s the opportunity and that’s what makes it so exciting.
“We all believe that will be in 2022.”