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Sport Six Nations unions aim to bring back failed Nations Championship plans

13:15  27 october  2021
13:15  27 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Six Nations unions want to revamp the failed ‘Nations Championship’ proposal, aligning the north and south’s rugby calendars, from 2024.

The idea – to combine the Six Nations and southern hemisphere Rugby Championship competitions culminating in a final – was binned in 2019.

But Ben Morel, chief executive of the Six Nations, wants it back as discussions continue around making the November and July Test windows more meaningful and marketable.

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‘This would be a great further improvement,’ he said. ‘We’re definitely heavily involved in those discussions.

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'The Six Nations is the top of the pyramid as an annual rugby event and our job is to make it bigger and bigger over time. We really see this as a perfect complement.’

The project originally failed after it failed to gain unanimous agreement among top countries.

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Sportsmail reported in March 2019 that the project was doomed after the RFU informed rivals unions in the southern hemisphere that they would not sign up for the project.

Later that year, 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.'

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