Deal or no deal. In or out. By this time next week, World Rugby's grand vision should have its answer.

The World Rugby council, due to meet on May 22 in Dublin, will vote for or against the proposed Nations Championship.

By now the World League/Nations Championship saga may make eyes glaze over but, one way or the other, this decision will shape the future of the global game.


Unfortunately for Sanzaar's southern hemisphere nations, desperate to boost revenue streams, the concept in its current form seems destined for the dustbin.

World Rugby's potential £10 million (NZ$19.6m) carrot in