Hemispheres come together to align remaining global rugby calendar

Ruben Hill
May 24, 2020

Sanzaar and the Six Nations are forging on with discussions about a global worldwide rugby calendar.

The proposed global calendar would allow nations greater clarity over overlapping club and worldwide commitments, as well as improve player welfare with dedicated Test match windows.

Earlier, Sir Bill Beaumont following his win in the World Rugby elections said a unified approach to tackling the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic can help his sport create a new worldwide structure.

While the Six Nations is held in the first three months, the Rugby Championship between Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina normally takes place in August.

A joint assertion from Sanzaar and the Six Nations on Friday learn: "From the outset, the nations have adopted a mindset that has sought to eradicate self-interest and recognise that the worldwide and membership recreation have shared mutual advantages that if approached and managed appropriately can allow each to flourish".

Six Nations and southern hemisphere rugby physique SANZAAR are working collectively to develop proposals for an aligned global calendar.

In a statement World Rugby says it has consistently supported and championed reform of the global calendar for the betterment of the sport as a whole, including all unions, worldwide and club competition organizers, and players.

The statement added the two parties wanted to, "restore public faith in the core values of rugby and show strong collective leadership in the best interests of the game".

World Rugby further says within regular and productive discussions between stakeholders, World Rugby is working to ensure that any calendar outcome recognises the global nature of the sport, and therefore the competition needs of all nations at all levels.

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