A rugby Club World Cup being discussed

A view of the Heineken Cup

A view of the Heineken Cup

The former French coach Bernard Laporte has been quoted suggesting he wants to create a Club World Cup to be played off including teams from the Top14, PRO14, Aviva Premiershi, Japan, Super Rugby and Japan.

The idea is that this money-spinning Club World Cup would take six-weeks and be a new staple of the calendar every year - but it would spell the end for the most prestigious competition in the European game, the Champions Cup.

Stating that the existing continental tournament does not generate enough revenue, Laporte said World Rugby could find space in the calendar for the new concept by replacing the Champions Cup. They also don't believe World Rugby should have control over a "club" competition.

"This is only a proposal, but I am sure of one thing: we must create this competition and very quickly".

Laporte told Midi Olympique he has discussed the proposal with England's RFU chief executive, Bill Sweeney, along with the presidents of Top 14 clubs in France.

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"This project is a club competition, not an global tournament and must therefore be piloted by the clubs; it should not be placed under the aegis of World Rugby", said the Bath owner, Bruce Craig.

"The European competition is magnificent, with Toulon [as head coach] I was able to lift the trophy three times and I know what it can represent", Laporte told French newspaper Midi Olympique on Monday.

Laporte, who is vying to be World Rugby's vice-chairman next month, has been formulating the plan alongside the governing body's chairman, Bill Beaumont, since the World Cup past year. Let's make this new competition.

"A Club World Cup would allow an immediate redesign of the global calendar, a reform that would clearly separate club rugby from the worldwide game and thus avoid players playing 30 games per season, as is the case today".

A statement admitted 'work on possible formats is ongoing with a collaborative approach and issues of player welfare to the fore. The Supreme Committee is also yet to make a statement, and the approach to be followed at the moment appears to be to avoid taking hasty decisions, particularly if these are connected to the continental and national competitions now suspended.

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