BREAKING NEWS: World Rugby has actually verified the dates for the revamped international calendar for this year– consisting of the Rugby Championships, Six Countries and other Tests.
World Rugby, in a declaration, stated the express goal the new dates is to “optimise recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic” at all levels.
Temporary windows have been identified– following efficient and comprehensive assessment between World Rugby, worldwide competitions, national unions, their expert club competitions.
” Recognising the value of a balanced and shared compromise amongst all stakeholders, a temporary global window in between October 24 and December 5 has actually been suggested,” the declaration stated.
In the north, this window will accommodate the postponed Six Nations matches at the end of October, a rest weekend on November 7.
There will likewise be a programme of global matches involving the Six Nations and invited teams hosted in Europe from November 14 through to December 5.
The circumstance is a bit more complicated the Southern Hemisphere, where COVID-19 restrictions are continuing to effect on global travel.
The Rugby Championship, nevertheless, will be hosted in complete in a single country– more than likely New Zealand– over a lowered six-week period in between November 7 and December 12.
” Special procedures will be executed to handle any government-required quarantine period prior to the start of the competitors,” World Rugby stated.
The rescheduling of the domestic, European and worldwide calendars will accommodate the capability for clubs to have access to their star Southern Hemisphere gamers for the conclusion of the postponed and rescheduled 2019/20 seasons at a time in which they would have ordinarily been on international duty in August and September.
” The recommendation to momentarily alter the Regulation 9 windows will be tabled at a virtual meeting of the World Rugby Council on July 20,” the declaration said.
” Subject to approval, the complete schedule of matches will be announced by the particular union and worldwide competition owners in due course.
” The current Regulation 9 windows will return to typical after December 13.”
All parties remain committed to continued discussion regarding long-lasting guyss and ladiess calendar reform that harmonises the international and club environments for the improvement of all.