• Final decision on Nations League expected on 22 May
The Six Nations have taken the next step towards World Rugby’s proposed Nations League by agreeing to due diligence. The unions will be given access to commercially sensitive documents to establish the viability of the plan, which the organisers say will be worth £5bn over 12 years, and open their books for examination.
The major southern hemisphere unions had already agreed and a decision on the league, which would start from 2022, is expected on 22 May, when World Rugby’s council meets in Dublin. France supports the plan but the other five unions have expressed reservations, not least over the introduction of relegation to the Six Nations.