The Six Nations Championship will remain as it is, but it is set to be cut from seven to six weeks when the new biennial competition starts in three years’ time.
This shift will reduce its duration from seven to six weeks. Furthermore, there are unconfirmed speculations that the Six Nations might be rescheduled to commence in late February and conclude in April.
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In the initial phase of this new competition, 12 nations will participate, comprising the Six Nations teams, the four Rugby Championship nations, as well as Fiji and Japan. These teams will be divided into distinct groups representing the northern and southern hemispheres.
Initially, there were concerns that the proposal could be rejected, with worries about the exclusion of emerging tier two nations like Portugal, Uruguay, and Georgia.
However, the vote has successfully passed with a margin of just three votes, meeting the required 75% approval threshold, as reported in France and England.
2024 Six Nations fixtures:
Commenting on the 2024 Guinness Six Nations fixtures, Ben Morel, CEO of Six Nations Rugby, said:
“A constant of the Guinness Six Nations is the drama, unpredictable storylines, and rivalries playing out over five unmissable rounds of fixtures. This is what drives the sheer excitement fans have for this great Championship.
We see it every year when the fixtures are confirmed. Fans, media, and players are talking about the games, the rivalries and debating the results. Thanks to our comprehensive broadcast partnerships and coverage, we can bring every moment of the Championship to fans all over the world, and it is exciting to help fans look forward to what is in store for 2024.”