Infront Promise £5bn Over 12 Years For World League

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14 March 2019

World Rugby continues to push forward with their World League plan having introduced some amendments to the original plan to appease some dissenters and reveal Chinese-owned sports marketing agency, Infront have promised almost £5 billion (€5.9bn) for investment in the sport over an initial 12-year period (about £400m/€472m per year) of which more than £1.5 billion is guaranteed incremental revenue for the world game.

World Rugby told stakeholders during a meeting in Dublin today (Thursday 14th) that the proposed business model covers both media and marketing rights but does not include any sale of equity in the competition and therefore full control of the competition and its revenue redistribution model would be retained by the unions, the current major competitions and World Rugby.

World Rugby also outlined revisions to the original proposal presented to unions in September 2018, following feedback from key stakeholders, including leading players and club competitions:

• World Rugby reduced the schedule by removing the semi-final stage, with player welfare continuing to be a central consideration

• Players would play 11 Nations Championship matches (and a maximum of 12 matches if their team reaches the final), compared to an average of between 12 and 14 test matches presently

• Commitment to work with International Rugby Players and the leading domestic club competitions to optimise the model

• A commitment to invest in a Women’s Nations Championship to accelerate the global competitiveness of the game

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