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Plans Afoot For Rugby Revamp

Plans Afoot For Rugby Revamp

Rugby chiefs are in discussions to revamp the international calendar in order to add value to matches being played around the world. The intentional schedule has been set in stone for many years now, with northern nations welcoming their southern hemisphere rivals in November while heading south themselves in the summer.

There is then the Six Nations during February and March while the Rugby Championship is now in full swing for New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina.

However, more than half the games played at the highest level are friendly internationals and there are concerns that meaningless matches might see fans drift away.

There are plans to move the June window to July from 2020 to try and synchronise the northern and southern hemisphere schedules, but the November window would stay the same.

There is also talk about forming new competitions to run in between Rugby World Cups, according to World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.

“We are examining models to maximise the potential of the July and November windows,” he said.
“We are looking to create an annual programme of meaningful matches that will unlock new markets, attract new fans and grow commercial revenues.”

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