World Club Championship Whets Appetite

There has been talk in the press this week about a possible World Club Championship starting soon.

There’s nothing concrete in terms of teams involved or format yet but the chance to play against teams from other countries and freshen up the current schedule is something I would welcome.

A tournament like that would be a massive success both for fans, and in terms of revenue generated.

People would flock to see, say the Super 15 champions Queensland Reds play the Heineken Cup champions Leinster and there would be some other tasty match-ups too.

Anything that involves southern hemisphere clubs playing northern hemisphere clubs always whets the appetite and any player lucky enough to be part of something like that would be desperate to get involved.

The tough part would be fitting it in to what is an already packed calendar. If the right people can sit around a table and sort it out, then it would be great for the game.

As players we are all aware of the need for player welfare and extra games in the calendar can lead to some raised eyebrows.

But if the extra games are meaningful ones with something good to play for, then I don’t think you would find many dissenters in a case like this.

The Aviva Premiership and the Heineken Cup are superb competitions but it is good to change things around every so often.

Saracens have pioneered that with trips to Wembley and their latest venture to take a Heineken Cup game to Cape Town. That’s a fantastic idea and other clubs should not be afraid to try something like that.

Harlequins have been playing at Twickenham around Christmas and Wasps played an LV= Cup game in the Middle East last season.

All of those matches gained extra exposure for the sport and will help it go from strength to strength on a global basis.

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