BBC Sport Website reporting this. I gather this was expected but good news anyhow! Now, England just needs to get the Rugby Union World Cup 2015! :banana:
you have know idea what your talking about mate...Great news, thanks!!!
The format is likely to be a standard 4 pool competition:
Pool One - 4 teams
Pool Two - 4 teams
Pool Three - 3 teams
Pool Four - 3 teams
Probably Eng, NZ, Fra & Aus get a Pool each (strange England will go it alone and not be GBR)
12 teams qualify automatically plus two qualifiers
I'm quite surprised it is 14 teams, 10 teams was a success in a great economic environment, and 16 was too big because of too many not great matches (and too many game -->exhaustion). I was hoping they would be sensible and make it 12 teams with four pools and only four teams qualifying automatically; given world economies it seems sensible and most likley to be successful.
just saw the dates, oops my mistake, its already known -was wondering why it was posted now