Six Nations set for changes as World Rugby looks to implement Global season
The Six Nations is set to be cut to six weeks
Summer tours will take part in July rather than June
The changes will be implemented from 2020
The RBS Six Nations Championship could be restructured for the first time in 14 years as World Rugby look to implement a global season, connecting Northern and Southern Hemisphere rugby seasons together more efficiently.
The Telegraph has reported in recent weeks that Aviva Premiership clubs are campaigning for the Six Nations to be condensed to five weeks.
However, due to the demands and intensity of Test match rugby, nobody imagined that the Championship organisers or World Rugby would support or implement such change.
Nevertheless, the New Zealand Herald, who are are renowned for their in-depth coverage of New Zealand rugby, reported that both northern and southern hemisphere unions “are understood to have all but reached agreement”.
The Herald’s Gregor Paul believes “all the major stumbling blocks have been hurdled and the change will most likely be ratified later this year”.
Not only will the Six Nations be shortened to six weeks, but the June test window will be shifted to July starting in 2020.
This would allow the SANZAAR unions to run off the Super Rugby season in a single block instead of taking a three-week hiatus like in years gone by.
Right now Super Rugby starts to build momentum, finally get interesting and then just two weeks out from the playoffs, goes on hold while tests are played.