Rugby Australia continues to think variants to heal the economy of its Union and rugby so hit by the pandemic, and the idea is to host a mini World Cup during July. France must travel to the country of the Wallabies in July and then the Rugby Championship with South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand ready to continue in 2021, the prospect of a mini World Cup does not seem far-fetched.
Rugby Australia President Hamish McLennan plans to ask other nations to join as well, with the proposed tournament to be held in parallel with the Rugby Championship.
“We are still waiting for the Rugby Championship to go ahead this year, but maybe we can add something to it and create a mini World Cup,” McLennan told the Financial Times. “We have the French [viniendo] in July, but if anyone else wants to join in, great. We have a significant British and Irish population here and South Africans. We are open to creating a new tournament and maintaining the international calendar ”, he argued.
South Africa did not travel to Australia in 2020 for the Rugby Championship due to concerns for the well-being of the players and logistical difficulties. It is not clear if the world champions will join for this year’s edition.. The European and South African rugby calendars remain up in the air due to the increasing spread of COVID-19.
Australia has been one of the best countries in the world in handling the pandemic, and the prospect of large crowds at international rugby matches has the potential to generate much-needed revenue for the sport. The next official rugby World Cup will be held in France in 2023.