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Ex-RFU chief proposes World Cup-style event in UK and Ireland

England captain Owen Farrell kicks a conversion during the England v Wales Six Nations match (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images)

Francis Baron, the former chief executive of England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU), has devised a financial rescue plan for the sport that would centre on a World Cup-style tournament held across the UK and Ireland.

Draft proposals for the 16-team tournament, tentatively titled the ‘Coronavirus Cup of World Rugby’, have been submitted to the RFU and World Rugby, The Telegraph has reported.

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