There could be a ‘mini Rugby World Cup’ staged this summer

Australia have proposed a mini Rugby World Cup this year to boost the coffers of international rugby unions.

The Wallabies are expected to host France for a three-test series in July, but have opened that invitation to anyone who’d be interested in playing in a ‘mini World Cup’.

“We are still expecting the Rugby Championship to go ahead this year but perhaps we can add to it and create a mini World Cup,” Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan said in his interview with the Financial Times.

“We have the French (coming) in July but if anyone else wants to come out, great. We have a significant British and Irish population here and South Africans.

“We are open to creating a new tournament and keeping the international calendar going.”

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