FRF President proposes Club Rugby World Cup


French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte feels there is the need to have a Club Rugby World Cup which will be held annually.

Laporte believes that the tournament should come in as a replacement for the European Champions Cup. He suggested that the Club World Cup should have 20 teams facing off in a period of six weekends. 

The Former France tactician says he has already talked to the World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont concerning the tournament. He revealed that the 2020 teams should be divided into four groups of fives teams each and top teams will later qualify for quarters, semis and finals.

He suggested that four teams each should be drawn from the French Top 14, English Premiership and PRO14. Super Rugby will have six slots, while Major League Rugby Champions from the United States and Top League in Japan will also be part of the competition.

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He also suggested that the competition should run from June to July when all the competitions have been played. Laporte is confident that the Cup will generate more revenue as compared to the European Cup.

“The European Cup is magnificent, I was able to lift the trophy three times with Toulon and I know what it can represent,” Laporte told Midi Olympique.

“But let’s be frank, it doesn’t generate enough income. If we want to develop this Club World Cup, we have to find dates. Without the Champions Cup, there are nine weekends freed up.”

“This is only a proposal. But I’m sure of one thing: we must create this competition and very quickly. It could be a breath of fresh air for the whole of world rugby. This crisis must push us to be innovative. Let’s make this new competition, I’m sure that the public and television will follow.”

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