22 May Sanzaar & Six Nations teams in talks to plan out global rugby union calendar
The 10 top international teams are working to align the world calendar following the coronavirus disruption.
At present, the international rugby windows differ in the northern and southern hemispheres.
A joint statement read: “The nations have sought to eliminate self-interest and recognise the international and club game have shared mutual benefits.”
England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy are the Six Nations teams.
The statement added that a global calendar would “improve player welfare” and “improve narrative and competitiveness of international and domestic competitions around clear windows”.
A harmonised schedule of fixtures – that would avoid conflicts between club and country for players’ time and create more opportunities for lucrative matches between the biggest international teams – has been an ongoing issue in the sport.
The outbreak has brought the game to a halt globally. While domestic rugby is set to restart in New Zealand on 13 June, the curtailed English Premiership and Pro14 are not likely to get back under way until at least August.