British league plan collapses

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 August, 1998, 12:00am

London: Plans to launch a revolutionary British league in rugby union this season were counted out yesterday.

The long-cherished project has been put on hold because of time constraints and a failure to thrash out an agreement between all interested parties.

It had been hoped that English and Welsh clubs, together with the Scottish Super-Districts Edinburgh and Glasgow would take part, and talks have taken place over the past 48 hours.

Rugby Football Union chairman Brian Baister said: 'The RFU, although disappointed that we could not agree a way forward for a cross-border competition this season, recognises the logistical and other difficulties that both sides faced in trying to put the competition in place.'