World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin says staging the Rugby World Cup every two years instead of every four is an “interesting concept”.
But he adds that all stakeholders would have to be given their say before the idea was even considered.
The comments come after world soccer’s governing body floated the idea of a biennial World Cup, with Fifa’s congress voting to carry out a feasibility study on the proposal, with rugby's showpiece event in two years’ time.
Gilpin, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont and France 2023 director general Claude Atcher met in Paris this week, and the Telegraph reported that staging a biennial World Cup was among the items on the agenda.
Gilpin says: “It’s an interesting concept, especially when you think about the global development of the women’s game too. But the men’s calendar is very congested and complex…”