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Special Report: How rugby’s leading nations are now facing ‘High Noon’ decision over new global competition

The Six Nations is at the centre of the debate

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Rugby’s leading nations have been warned they face a stark choice between agreeing to a new global tournament to secure the future of the world game or accept a deal that will “change the way the game is run forever” when they meet in Dublin today to consider controversial proposals for a new nations championship.

Tensions are expected to be high during the crunch talks involving chairmen and chief executives of tier-one unions, Fiji and Japan, with sources claiming the global game is facing its biggest decision since rugby union turned professional in 1995.

The importance of the discussions have been heightened after the Six Nations received a £500 million offer from private equity firm CVC…

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