Leading players call for representation on World Rugby's executive committee

Ireland star Johnny Sexton has been vocal on his views over rugby's future

News of the offer comes on the eve of a World Rugby-hosted meeting in Dublin in which the controversial Nations League is to be discussed.

A further complaint by the organisations that oversee the English Premiership, as well as the French Top 14 and ProD2, was the increase in the number of worldwide fixtures in a season due to the proposed competition.

The Six Nations would be their first move into global rugby and the offer has been revealed on the eve of a World Rugby-hosted meeting in Dublin in which the controversial Nations League is to be discussed.

CVC's bid for the Six Nations is a natural extension of its strategy to invest in the sport, with the private equity group believing it can provide the financial firepower and corporate knowhow to derive better sponsorship and broadcast deals for the game.

PRL and LNR added the world governing body had broken an agreement which was reached in January 2017 about future plans for the global game running until 2032. "The professional leagues now seem to be excluded from this new work, even though the World Rugby project would be a major change to the San Francisco agreement for all elements of the professional game and impact other competitions", the statement read.

However, following today's meeting World Rugby has announced they will not hold semi-finals and said that player welfare was a "central consideration".

"The players feel that the existing understanding between World Rugby and the Players should evolve from a loose commitment to consult, to a requirement to reach agreement on certain key issues", said former South Africa captain Jean De Villiers.

"I would like to thank my union, competition and player representative colleagues for their candid, constructive and positive contributions", said Beaumont.

"There was strong recognition that World Rugby's Nations Championship proposal, based on a true pathway for all, has been developed with great care, extensive evaluation and with the global game at the forefront of our thinking".

World Rugby want to launch their Nations Championship contest by 2022, with the top performers from the Six Nations and an expanded six-team Rugby Championship facing off to determine an annual cross-hemisphere victor.

"Everyone, not just the established teams, will benefit, accelerating the development and competitiveness of the global game".

The PRPW were threatening a boycott of this year's World Cup due to the belief that none of the Pacific Islands would be in the 12 team top level competition - with the United States featuring instead, apparently the idea of World Rugby's ambitious vice-chairman Agustin Pichot.

"We have an opportunity to change the landscape of the game for the long-term betterment of all unions", he said.

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