The Six Nations is considering a deal from private equity firm CVC to offer a bet in Rugby’s oldest championship.
It functions since the power brokers of the world game meet in Dublin this week within the proposed Nations Championship.
World Rugby will present its vision for the future of this sport on Thursday.
However, if the Nations choose to sell to private equity, it’d most likely kill the possibility of the radical Nations Championship getting off the bottom.
The interest from CVC – certainly one of a handful of potential options – means the six-nations face a dilemma between selling to private money, or embracing the World Rugby-sanctioned Nations Championship.
It’s understood CVC’s deal is to get an approximate 30% share in the Six Nations. Resources in the unions never have denied a deal is to the table however insist on that a deal isn’t imminent.
Aside from the interest from private equity, a number of six-nations unions have already voiced their concerns over the addition of promotion and relegation, which are part of the Nations Championship.
CVC bought a minority shareholding of 27% in England’s Premiership Rugby in December.
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The top branch will be made up of a northern conference – which are the six Nations sides – and also a southern summit, which would comprise the four Rugby Championship sides (New Zealand, Argentina, Australia and also South Africa) along with two others, expected to be Fiji and Japan.
Each team would play eachother once a year, either by using their own contest, or in just one of their summer or fall Test windows.
The Nations Championship would offer top-level exposure to the likes of Fiji, protecting and enhancing the game in the Pacific Islands as a outcome.
It would also include promotion and relegation to offer a pathway for emerging nations.
As reported by the BBC on Mondaythe semi-final stage of the contest is going to be recinded to help with player welfare, meaning the greatest team in each conference will confront in a showpiece final.
This will signify the maximum quantity of games that a nation would play each year is 1 2, with the majority playing 11. However, it’s believed New Zealand and Australia is going to soon be permitted to stage a supplementary Bledisloe Cup game, as is tradition.
The Nations Championship would ensure every game remains competitive, which would push tv figures and industrial interest, and might guarantee states play the exact same, or fewer, more games than they do currently.
Promotion and relegation play-offs would take place on the exact same weekend as the final, even though it’s understood there will one post-secondary bicycle before promotion and relegation is introduced.
Six-nations – currency or international vision?
The near future of this Nations Championship concept – and along with this the future of this global game – based on what route the Six Nations decides to choose.
Selling to private equity will ensure a windfall for the six states, but would likely end the odds of a unified world wide contest currently being formed.
The Scottish and Irish unions are thought to be especially opposed to this Nations Championship, and also are keen on the opportunities provided by the likes of former Formula 1 owners CVC.
The Rugby Football Union can be thought to be lukewarm on the Nations Championship, but also has promised to go to Dublin having an openmind.
As the Nations Championship is predicted to present a 40% reduction in revenues, without contraceptive management, the six-nations may be swayed by the absolute magnitude of CVC’s offer.
However, CVC’s reasons are expected to be more entirely financial, which might lead to the Nations being accepted off free to air tv, while a 30% bet will mean 30% less revenue for every single country year-on-year.