not sure if it needs its own thread, interesting
Until an official decision has been made that there will indeed be a "World Club Cup", this seems the best place to post this.
@stargazer just posted it in the Super rugby Thread but yeah, this is a better location
@Machpants ...i mean...we made the SSTT final...but your probably right, maybe hes excited the saders might pick up some injuries
Well they might do very well, relative to other SR teams. No way there will be any ABs involved, even if this pipe dream goes ahead.
@machpants To me, it's again one of those money grabs. You'll never get all the best teams in the world with their strongest line-ups, unless NH and SH competitions run exactly parallel (I can't see that happening any time soon). At the end of SR there is no time for ABs, because of the July tests; NPC players should have their break before they join their NPC teams; if not, then NPC will suffer.
If it's before SR, then the SH teams will be seriously undercooked and not able to compete at their best.
If it's during the second half of the year, again ABs won't be available and NPC is being played.
I understand those pushing for this in the NH want to play the World Champions Cup instead of the final stages of the Heineken/European Champions Cup. Not sure whether they mean QF, SF and/or Final, but those stages are usually played between March and May, so right in the middle of SR.
I'd be really interested to know how they think they're going to solve this timing issue as well as player welfare issues.
If they want to do this without test players being available, it will be nothing but a joke.
@stargazer you may have just explained why they have officially been talking for a year and its been rumoured for much...much longer
agreed its just a money grab, i mean, apparently they cant find space for a full home and away round robin for super rugby...but can try and find room for a whole separate comp
World Club Cup?