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International Test rugby could be set for a major revamp with World Rugby set to open discussions regarding a potential ‘World League’ to replace the current November and June windows this week in Sydney.
The idea is said to be based on football’s new European Nations League concept, with World Rugby vice-chairman Augustine Pichot the main man behind the proposal.
Pichot wants the top 12-ranked countries to contest an annual tournament hosted on an alternating basis in the northern and southern hemispheres, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The teams would be split into four groups of three and the tournament would be played over five dates, with three for pool matches and two dates for the semi-finals and final. A different country would host each pool.
Popular French publication Midi Olympique reported on Monday that Pichot has already pitched the concept to French rugby boss Bernard Laporte, New Zealand rugby boss Steve Tew, and South African rugby boss Jurie Roux.
The radical change is designed to directly tie-in with the international global calendar change that comes into place in 2020, which will see the June Test window move to July, among other things.
What do you think of this proposed idea?