The Six Nations is set for a much-needed cash boost with the sale of 14.5 per cent of their commercial rights for £365million to CVC Capital partners to be completed later this month.
According to the Sportsmail, all the major details of a five-year deal between the unions and the private equity firm have been agreed and an announcement is expected before the start of this year's tournament.
The value of the deal has remained the same throughout the two-year negotiating period despite the impact of the pandemic.
The RFU will receive the biggest share of CVC's investment with a payment of around £70m split over five years followed by France and then the rest of the home unions with Italy getting the smallest pay-out.
CVC's investment is set to give them considerable influence over all the Six Nations' commercial activity relating to both the Championship and the Autumn internationals. The negotiations over the next broadcast rights deal is likely to see more matches screened on subscription channels after next year.