Rugby chiefs are planning a for a second Six Nations tournament to be played this year, which would take place in the autumn.
It’s suggested that the emergency plan is in place due to growing concerns that the southern hemisphere nations will not be able to make their traditional autumn tours of Europe.
Wales set to meet England again at Twickenham as plans drawn up for second Six Nations to be held this autumn – reports https://t.co/KAGqLtTDgN— WalesOnline Rugby (@WalesRugby) April 19, 2020
The Rugby Paper report home union bosses will begin drawing up plans for an emergency tournament, which would be played in October and November should the traditional autumn internationals fall foul of the coronavirus pandemic.
The matches would be played over an eight-week block and the report claims fixtures will be the same as this season.
That means England would kick off their campaign in Paris before heading to Edinburgh to take on Scotland once again. Two home games against Ireland and Wales would follow before they’d finish their championship in Rome.
LIST | 5 England players who could swap nations for 2023 World Cup
1. Manu Tuilagi (Samoa)
- Current number of caps: 41
- Age at the start of RWC 2023: 32
- Did you know: He was named Manusamoa, after the name of the Samoan national team
The England centre, who was born in Fogapoa and came to the UK at the age of 13, is one of a clutch of Pacific Island players whose eligibility status could change if the restrictions are relaxed. He is the younger brother of Freddie, Henry, Alesana, Anitelea and Sanele Vavae Tuilagi, all of whom are Samoan internationals and also played for Leicester. It would be fantastic for the powerhouse to complete the set.