Rugby edging closer to new global calendar and Test window shake-up

  • A brand new world rugby calendar would search to align the world’s top-tier nations.
  • The Rugby Championship might transfer to the start of the 12 months, whereas the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour may very well be pushed again to October or November.
  • There’s additionally the opportunity of a singular worldwide collection involving the northern hemisphere nations.

World Rugby is edging nearer to implementing a revised world calendar that would result in vital modifications in Take a look at rugby.  

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In accordance with SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux, the brand new calendar may very well be signed off as quickly as subsequent month. 

The most important stumbling block to the brand new calendar, Roux stated, was the scheduling of subsequent 12 months’s British & Irish Lions tour. 

At the moment deliberate for July in South Africa, that tour must transfer to later within the 12 months underneath the brand new world scheduling, which could should occur anyway given the prevailing restrictions on journey and crowd attendance because of the coronavirus disaster. 

“That is the one problem in getting the worldwide calendar throughout the road and we would not wish to be a hindrance in that. We might wish to help the remainder of the world,” Roux stated of the Lions tour. 

The opposite modifications are additionally vital. 

The Rugby Championship may very well be moved to the start of the 12 months and will even happen earlier than Tremendous Rugby begins in February whereas there’s additionally the opportunity of a singular worldwide collection involving the northern hemisphere sides throughout an extended worldwide window over October and November. 

“Now we have been working actually onerous on a worldwide calendar. Covid is doing what we as directors have not been capable of do for about 130 years, and that’s getting the world calendar aligned,” Roux stated. 

“As a result of there isn’t any script for the time being, it’s really an easy course of to undergo.

“All competitions on the planet are on maintain. All agreements are both in breech for the time being or are being renegotiated and only a few of us know what that world will appear to be post-2020.

“The worldwide calendar, which we’ve shared with our unions, basically comes all the way down to a transfer within the northern hemisphere from winter rugby to summer season rugby. They will both play the membership competitions within the north from December to July or from February to September.

“There’s a potential transfer of the Rugby Championship from the top of the 12 months in the direction of the start of the 12 months, to be performed together with the Six Nations.

“Tremendous Rugby will both begin after the Rugby Championship, relying on the place it’s. If it would not transfer, it would begin in February so we’re performed for the top of the 12 months.

“Inbound collection might be thrown away. Mainly, you possibly can have England, Italy and Wales coming to us in October after which all of us get on a aircraft and head again north the place we are going to play Eire, Scotland and France. It’ll have the type of a global collection. After that, the 2 greatest groups will probably play in a last at Twickenham.”

It’s nonetheless not clear when Take a look at ruby will resume in 2020, with the July internationals postponed – South Africa have been because of host Scotland and Georgia – whereas there’s additionally doubt surrounding this 12 months’s Rugby Championship. 

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