Heineken Champions Cup could be CLOSED and replaced by the new Club World Cup in a money-consuming revamp of club rugby that would see Premier League matches take on the Southern Hemisphere
- Seismic changes can be made in rugby as the sport is considering radical overhaul
- A new Club World Cup can replace the Heineken Champions Cup in the future
- The President of the French Rugby Federation has presented the new game
- The new competition in the pipeline would consist of 20 of the best clubs in the area
Due to seismic changes in rugby, a new Club World Cup could replace the Heineken Champions Cup in the future, as the sport is considering a monumental overhaul to boost finances.
French President of the Rugby Federation, Bernard Laporte, who wants to lead World Rugby with Bill Beaumont and hopes to be elected vice chairman next month, has proposed the new game.
It would be made up of 20 of the best clubs, six from Super Rugby in the Southern Hemisphere, four each from the English Premiership, the French Top14 and the PRO14 plus the champions team from the US and Japan, which will host a World Cup-like tournament plays in groups for a knockout stage, culminating in a grand final.
The Heineken Champions Cup can be dropped because rugby considers a radical overhaul
The President of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte (pictured) has proposed a Club World Cup
The idea is that this money-spinning World Championship Club would last six weeks and be a new part of the calendar every year – but it would mark the end of the most prestigious competition in the European game, the Champions Cup.
Speaking to the French newspaper Midi Olympique, Laporte said he had spoken to RFU CEO Bill Sweeney about the project, as well as the top 14 club bosses.
“Everyone is excited about such a project,” said Laporte.
“The goal of my approach is to find the income that unions can use to finance both the professional and the amateur world. This crisis should prompt us to be innovative. Let’s make this new match. I am sure the audience and television will follow.
The tournament would consist of 20 top clubs, including six Super Rugby teams
‘The European competition is beautiful, with Toulon (as head coach) I have been able to lift the trophy three times and I know what it can mean.
“But let’s face it, it doesn’t generate enough income. If we want to develop this Club World Cup, we have to find data. Without the Champions Cup, nine weekends are available. ‘
Since the structure of the world game is being questioned while the sport is interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Laporte believes that his proposal could make a place in the packed club calendar.
“This is just a proposition,” said Laporte, who will be World Rugby chairman Beaumont’s current partner in next month’s election, against Midi Olympique.
“But I am sure of one thing: we have to create this competition and very quickly. It could be a relief to the whole world rugby. ‘
There would also be four teams in the ambitious tournament of the English Premiership