All Blacks chief Steve Hansen wants annual showdown with Six Nations winner

  • All Blacks coach Steve Hansen wants clash of the hemispheres
  • He mooted the possibility of the Rugby Championship winner and the Six Nations champion clashing annually
  • Officials have held talks about the scheduling of the sport after the next Rugby World Cup
All Blacks chief Steve Hansen has suggested that an annual match between the Six Nations and Rugby Championship winners should be  introduced as part of the global calendar shake-up.

Officials have held talks about the scheduling of the sport after the next World Cup, with proposals to align the northern and southern hemisphere playing calendars.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said the double World Cup winner.



“You’ve got to say, ‘What’s best for our product so we can keep attracting people to come and watch it?'”

“First, our players need a decent pre-season. You’d play club competitions simultaneously.

“We could have the European Cup winners play the Super Rugby winners and the Six Nations winners play the Rugby Championship winners. We need some goodwill to sort it out.”


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