Global rugby chiefs ‘working closely’ on post-lockdown calendar
London: Europe’s Six Nations bosses and southern hemisphere rugby chiefs say they are working closely to draw up an “aligned global calendar” for when the sport resumes.
The two organisations are responsible for the major annual international tournaments, with SANZAAR (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby) overseeing the Rugby Championship. Coming up with a harmonised schedule of fixtures to align the northern and southern hemisphere calendars as well as ensuring fewer clashes with club fixtures has long proved a tricky task.
A joint SANZAAR and Six Nations statement issued on Friday said the two organisations had been “working closely over the lockdown period”.
“Even though there may be different preferences, from the outset the nations have adopted a mindset that has sought to eliminate self-interest and recognise that the international and club game have shared mutual benefits,” it said. – AFP