World Rugby has dismissed the idea of a major international
tournament to be held in England in 2021 to ease the financial impact of
the coronavirus crisis.
Former Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron drew up an
independent financial rescue plan – a ‘Coronavirus Cup of World Rugby’
– involving a 16-team invitational tournament to be held in the UK and
Ireland next June and July, using the 2015 World Cup hosted by England
as a template.
However, the governing body said in a statement: “World Rugby does not intend to pursue such a proposal.
“All stakeholders continue to progress productive discussions
regarding the immediate global Covid-19 financial relief strategy and
international rugby calendar optimisation, both of which will further
the success of Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.”
The British and Irish Lions are scheduled to tour South Africa in July next year. World Rugby last month launched an £80million relief fund to help unions navigate the pandemic.