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Northern Hemisphere Unions cautious over ELV’s



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Australian Rugby Union boss John O’Neill says that some of the northern hemisphere unions have expressed strong reservations about the Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) that are being trialled in the Super 14 competition.

O’Neill was in Hong Kong at the weekend for an IRB meeting and he said that a couple of the four Home Nations voiced concerns about the ELVs.

It had been hoped that a decision would be made at the weekend meeting on whether the ELV’s would be introduced for this season’s Tri Nations Test series between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

What did come out of the meeting is that the concept of a Champions cup that would be played between the Six nations winners and the TriNations winners was ruled out because it was felt that it would detract from the World cup.

Speaking in a conference call from Hong Kong to AAP, O’Neill also revealed some details of a “world series” inter-hemisphere tournament which the International Rugby Board has called for more details on, with a view to staging such a tournament every two years between World Cups.

The concept would involve each of the competing nations accruing points from eight Tests in a calendar year, with the two leaders meeting in a final.




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