Plans for a Club World Cup have been confirmed this week by the Chief Executive of the organisers of the European Champions Cup.
The new tournament is said to feature eight teams from each hemisphere.
"The thought of bringing together the North and the South in a World Champions Cup at club level is very exciting. Preliminary work has been done on it and we are fully intent and pursuing it.
“We have some basic principles, that it is played every four years to keep a rare and exclusive format,” European Professional Club Rugby chief executive Vincent Gaillard told AFP on Tuesday. “More than that, it devalues the product.
“We’ll probably play in the same period, probably a bit tighter, on consecutive weekends. But it’s still early. We’re advancing. There’s a unanimous agreement among our board that it’s the EPCR that carries it,”