World Rugby on Wednesday proposed a temporary worldwide calendar during which the 2020 Six Nations would be completed and the Rugby Championship staged.
A rest weekend would then follow on 7 November, before the window concludes with a period set aside for fixtures between Six Nations teams and other worldwide sides which will be hosted in the northern hemisphere from 14 November to 5 December.
If approved, the schedule would see Ireland's mens and women's sides complete their Six Nations campaign against Italy at home on October 24 and France away on October 31, with the other unplayed matches going ahead on that day.
"Recognising the importance of a balanced and shared compromise among all stakeholders, a temporary worldwide window between October 24 and December 5 has been recommended".
A World Rugby vote is due to take place on July 30 regarding the temporary amendment of regulation 9 to cover the release of players for global duty during this amended temporary window.
World Rugby also confirmed that the 2020 Rugby Championship will run off in a six week period between the 7th of November and the 12th of December, with New Zealand likely to host the competition between the All-Blacks, Australia, Argentina and World Cup winners South Africa.Читайте также: Russian Federation report says United Kingdom took its 'eye off the ball' on meddling
"The recommendation to temporarily change the Regulation 9 windows will be tabled at a virtual meeting of the World Rugby Council on July 30".
Wales have to decide on a venue for their final game against Scotland as the Principality Stadium is now housing a field hospital.
It also appears the traditional November internationals will be scrapped this year and replaced with an eight-team tournament between the teams in the current Six Nations plus "invited teams".
There may be calendar tweaks but rugby fans should not expect anything ground-breaking when World Rugby sets out its agenda for the coming months.
The fourth round clash between France and Ireland was originally scheduled on 7th March with Aviva Stadium hosting it but was postponed following the outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus.
Coupled with possible involvement in southern hemisphere competitions, Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) chief executive John O'Connor said "they were great opportunities for Fiji Rugby which we could only dream of in the past".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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