Six Nations to be completed at the end of October

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

World Rugby approved a temporary worldwide calendar on Thursday that opens the door for Japan's national team to possibly compete against top European sides from the Six Nations Championship.

World Rugby have confirmed that Ireland will finish their 2020 Six Nations campaign in October before the start of the new "Eight Nations" tournament.

The All Blacks and Springboks still seem set for regular contact. But instead of the usual home-and-away matches New Zealand has been asked by SANZAAR to host the competition.

New Zealand Rugby bosses must now convince their government the tournament can be played inside the current regulations around immigration entry and health regulations.

The Six Nations will be concluded at the end of October with the competition only needing two weeks to finish and from 7 November there will be four rounds of global matches in Europe.

Following Japan's riveting success at last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Brave Blossoms had scheduled summer tests with England and autumn tests against Scotland and Ireland, but all have been canceled due to the pandemic.

"Throughout this process, all parties have sought to deliver the best possible outcome to support the interests of worldwide and club rugby and the players", World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said.

The weekend of 7 November will be a rest, followed by four consecutive weekends of internationals.

Andy Farrell's side are expected to take on Italy in Dublin on Saturday 24 October and then travel to France for the final round of games a week later when Italy will host England and Wales face Scotland.

World Rugby is also liaising with emerging unions to explore where it can assist with a programme of fixtures where COVID-19 restrictions permit.

In a statement World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: "The global Covid-19 pandemic has been unprecedented in its impact on society and sport and throughout this process, all parties have sought to deliver the best-possible outcome to support the interests of worldwide and club rugby and the players".

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