NZ Rugby World



Attempts to create

a much-coveted global season have once again been dashed, with a proposal to shift the July test window to October next year, rebuffed by the profession­al clubs of England and France.

An alignment of Northern and Southern Hemisphere seasons has been an administra­tive goal for 15 years but has never been able to gain approval.

Hopes were high that following the arrival of the Coronaviru­s and the total carnage caused, that there was an opportunit­y for a radical re-think about the global set-up of the game.

While that was true among internatio­nal unions – with both the Six Nations and Rugby Championsh­ip prepared to compromise to achieve the goal, the profession­al clubs had no interest in changing their calendar to accommodat­e the plan.

Under the proposal, the Rugby Championsh­ip would have been played in July to September, with in-bound tests with Northern Hemisphere nations in October and then the usual visit North in November.

If this had been approved it would have paved the way for the Nations League concept aired last year and a massive financial injection.

NZR chief executive

Mark Robinson, said: “We were a little disappoint­ed with the approach that some of the northern hemisphere clubs brought to the table around a lack of open mindedness and a willingnes­s to possibly consider that.”

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