The idea of organizing a Club World Cup takes shape in Europe and it advances, at a slow pace, but it adds more and more followers. This is stated by the French portal Rugbyrama on its site. The EPCR, which organizes the European Cup and the Challenge Cup, is who is in charge of negotiations on the side of the three most important leagues in Europe: Top 14, Premiership and Pro14.
Two weeks ago the CEO of the Premiership, Mark McCafferty, was commissioned to bring the project to the popes of World Rugby to make them aware of an idea that has already been put on paper. In the version presented jointly by the EPCR and the three leagues, the World Club would be played every four years, starting in 2022 (the first part would take place in England) and would be played in the European spring, after the Champions Cup, that he would take a break in the Club World Cup year.
Since McCafferty’s presentation in Dublin, World Rugby sent European leaders a first analysis of the product And, according to various sources cited by the French media, the comments from international leaders are quite encouraging. If at first these (including Bernard Laporte, Vice President of World Rugby) they wanted to play the Club World Cup every year, the thumbs down came from the international players union.
The letter from the players is not to reload the annual calendar with matches, but the idea of doing it every four years has a free hand. There are also no statements from this side of Ecuador on the subject, so it will be necessary to see how the leaders of both hemispheres agree. The date is obviously not yet defined, but a kick off in 2022 still holds the rope, they even accept the idea of playing in 2024, so that the new competition does not eclipse the 2023 World Cup in France.