A Club World Cup between teams from the two hemispheres could take place every four years from 2028, Dominic McKay, president of the EPCR, the organizing body of the European Cups, suggested on Wednesday.
“There is a real desire to set up a Club World Cup and several French and British clubs are pushing hard in this direction,” he declared after a conference in Toulouse at the start of the week. between all stakeholders of the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup.
“We know that it is a complicated project,” added the manager, citing in particular constraints in terms of calendar, format and travel. “We want to do something that has meaning and some regularity. This could potentially be, if feasible, for 2028 and 2032.”
The president of the EPCR spoke about the format that this new competition could take, divided into two parts. The first would resume the current group stage of the Champions Cup between the teams of the Top 14, the English championship and the URC (Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy, South Africa).
The qualifiers would then face the best teams from the Southern Hemisphere, with whom the EPCR maintains “constructive exchanges”, assured McKay.