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Fiji and Japan included in radical World Rugby Nations Championship proposal

January 30, 2019 4:04 pm
Henry Seniloli on attack for the Flying Fijians against Japan [Source: FRU]

Fiji and Japan will be the big winners as the proposed World Rugby Nations Championship looks increasingly likely to go ahead.

The game’s decision-makers are meeting in Los Angeles this week, with the introduction of a global league at the forefront of discussions.

Stuff.co reports that the proposed new tournament would see the 12 leading nations play each other once throughout the year, with Fiji and Japan set to join Rugby Championship participants New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina from the southern hemisphere.

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The report says the new tournament would not be staged in World Cup years, while a modified version may occur during the British and Irish Lions tour.

The Rugby Championship would continue to be held in August and September and would act as the top tier, with Japan and Fiji joining the competition.

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