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The radical concept of Rugby World 12s is destined to collapse just two months after its launch.

The radical concept of Rugby World 12s is destined to collapse just two months after its launch, as clubs and countries unite against the money-spinning rogue league … which was introduced without consulting with the unions.

  • World 12s was a 12-team, 12-team men’s and women’s IPL-style franchise league.
  • He was also endorsed by World Cup winning coaches Steve Hansen and Jake White.
  • But the idea was introduced without consulting the major clubs or unions.
  • Now, the concept seems destined for scrapping two months after its launch.


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The radical ‘World 12s’ concept seems destined for scrap two months after its launch, with clubs and countries holding their own against the rogue league.

The idea, to be played in England next summer in a 12-team, 12-team men’s and women’s IPL-style franchise league, was endorsed by World Cup-winning coaches Steve Hansen and Jake White and led by former RFU CEO Ian. Ritchie.

However, it was introduced in September without consulting the major clubs or unions owning the players.

The radical concept 'World 12s' seems destined for scrap two months after its launch.

The radical concept ‘World 12s’ seems destined for scrap two months after its launch.

He claims that he can contribute £ 250 million to the sport over five years and has at least 10 wealthy individuals or companies willing to invest.

But while some players, who could earn six-figure sums for a month’s work playing in it, are interested in Premiership Rugby, the heads of the French Top 14 league, those of the United Rugby Championship and some local unions are. totally against.

They don’t want another format on a schedule that’s already about to burst, and they won’t tolerate releasing players at a time when clubs are in preseason and the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship is underway.

The idea was endorsed by World Cup winning coaches Steve Hansen (pictured) and Jake White.

The idea was endorsed by World Cup winning coaches Steve Hansen (pictured) and Jake White.

The idea was endorsed by World Cup winning coaches Steve Hansen (pictured) and Jake White.

World 12 said it can contribute £ 250 million to the sport over five years and was very interested

World 12 said it can contribute £ 250 million to the sport over five years and was very interested

World 12 said it can contribute £ 250 million to the sport over five years and was very interested

It is understood that they have expressed this to the governing body of World Rugby, who has told World 12 that their plan will not be sanctioned in time for its proposed launch in 2022, effectively ending their dream of bringing together the best players in the world. world.

The World Rugby statement read: ‘Key stakeholders in the game welcome innovative thinking that has the potential to improve the sport, and new concepts are always given full consideration.

World Rugby has shared the views of national unions and national and international competitions with the group proposing World 12 and has confirmed that stakeholders do not wish to explore the concept further at this time.

Former RFU CEO Ian Ritchie also supported the idea before its expected collapse.

Former RFU CEO Ian Ritchie also supported the idea before its expected collapse.

Former RFU CEO Ian Ritchie also supported the idea before its expected collapse.

‘This is a position endorsed by World Rugby’s Executive Committee and Professional Gaming Committee, which includes representatives from all elite men’s and women’s play. The priority for sport is to advance productive discussions on the establishment of a harmonious and wellness-focused annual international calendar ”.

Without an official sanction, something that the World 12 craved, they cannot attract the best players in the sport, so they will have to settle for the fading forces, those who do not have a contract or play in Japan, the USA. Or other places.

World 12s sources tried to downplay the body shot, saying they have a good relationship with World Rugby and that the first year will never be the ‘all singing, all dancing’ event they hope will fit properly into a globally aligned schedule. since 2024.

The World 12 still want to launch in 2022, with a women’s event in 2023, and on Wednesday it appointed a CEO, Rowena Samarasinhe, who remained optimistic.

It was introduced without consulting the best clubs or the player's owning unions.

It was introduced without consulting the best clubs or the player's owning unions.

It was introduced without consulting the best clubs or the player’s owning unions.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with the bodies of the game to try to make this exciting concept a successful reality,” he said.

“World 12s has been, and continues to be, in regular contact with World Rugby.

“The challenges around the international calendar are well known. World 12s is a long-term project and will grow over the years. We are optimistic that, even within the restrictions imposed by the current schedule, World 12s will be able to host a tournament in August 2022 that will include several of the game’s top players, who will not be affected by clashes at that time. ”

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