Clubs could launch legal action over global tournament proposed by World Rugby

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According to Newshub, yesterday, they issued a joint statement to express their concerns, hinting at legal action, if World Rugby proceeds with its proposed plans to restructure the worldwide game.

The suggested world league involves 12 teams based largely around combining the Six Nations and Rugby Championship on an annual basis.

The idea has met with fierce opposition, most notably from player welfare groups, while the suggestion that the Pacific Islands nations of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji could be excluded has also provoked fury.

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Representatives from the Premiership and Top 14, as with the Pro14, have not been invited, however, even though they would face losing some worldwide players for additional weekends.

But in a joint statement Premiership Rugby of England and their French counterparts, Ligue Nationale de Rugby, says their clubs feel World Rugby's proposal runs against what was agreed for a long-term vision at a meeting of major stakeholders in San Francisco in 2017.

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Both also stated that the perceived lack of consensus by World Rugby making the decision means they "reserve the option to take any action to preserve their rights and competitions".

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