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New 'Nations Championship' To Replace Summer & Autumn Tours

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It will have 24 teams in it

World Rugby has announced a new 24-team 'Nations Championship' that will replace the summer and autumn tours.

The tournament - which starts in 2026 - will have a top division that includes the 10 sides from the Six Nations and Rugby Championship.

Japan and Fiji are expected to be the other two top-flight teams and there will be no promotion and relegation until 2030.

The World Cup will also be expanded from 20 to 24 teams from the 2027 edition in Australia.

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