COMMENT:

Gone is the Nations Championship concept, and with it, a giant $30 million hole has reappeared in New Zealand Rugby's balance sheet.

Whether the idea of playing a mini-World Cup every year was good, bad or indifferent, it was certainly going to be lucrative, as it had secured $12 billion of funding that would have equated to a minimum 30 per cent increase in broadcast revenue for all those involved.

NZR understandably voted in favour of the proposal, partly because it believed, and still does, that the international game needs to be invigorated but more because it has forecast

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