Creating the New International Rugby Cup
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While watching the Spring tours of the Southern Hemisphere to the north, and after viewing the ABC documentary on the famous 1984 Grand Slam Wallabies, it occurred to me: why isn’t the Grand Slam a more regular event?
In fact, why not have a new tournament that pits the Six Nations teams against the Tri Nations, Argentina, The Pacific Islanders and the Southern Barbarians (a combined team made up of the best Southern Hemisphere players in Europe) in between World Cups?
Call it The International Cup.
Six weeks of Northern vs Southern Hemisphere rugby, then a final between the two top teams from each hemisphere. That’s 37 games of the highest quality rugby on the earth!
This tournament would be a huge boost for international rugby, not to mention a financial bonanza for the country hosting it. When Southern Hemisphere teams host, the Northern Hemisphere sides would tour that country and when Northern Hemisphere sides host Southern Hemisphere teams tour.
So if Australia hosted, you would have the Wallabies based at the Olympic Stadium, the All Blacks in Melbourne (MCG or Docklands Stadium), the Springboks at Subiaco, Argentina at Suncorp, Pacific Islanders at Canberra Stadium, and the Southern Barbarians at Aussie Stadium, with all the Northern Hemisphere teams touring Australia.
The final would be played at either the Olympic Stadium or MCG.
This would be an amazing tournament for players, spectators and Unions alike. Even the IRB would make a truck full of money.
And it would answer the question of who is the best team in world rugby. Bring it on!
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