English Premiership rugby clubs have settled a dispute over lost revenue during next year's World Cup with the Rugby Football Union for a reported compensation package worth 13 million pounds, or about $26 million.
The clubs were concerned by the prospect of loss of income streams caused by the disruption of hosting the tournament in England, the clubs fearing a possible spell of five months without income.
As part of the settlement, the 2015-16 league season will start on October 18th NZT, after the International Rugby Board granted dispensation for club games to be staged during the knockout phase of the tournament.
As part of the agreement, England coach Stuart Lancaster will name his next elite player squad on October 23rd NZT.
The delay in selecting the squad - moved from its original slot in August - means Lancaster can pick players who are in form for November's home internationals against World Cup holders New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia.