RFU Boss Has His Say On Proposed Six Nations Changes


World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has spoke recently of his plans to synchronise the northern and southern hemisphere calendars.

In order for the plan to work the start date of the Six Nations would move from February to April. Welsh Rugby Union chairman, Gareth Davies came out recently and backed the proposals, calling the current calendar “unsustainable.”

The Six Nations are due to hold a council meeting to discuss changes to the format, including:

  • The start of the tournament moving from February to April.
  • The introduction of promotion and relegation.
  • Bonus points.

Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie, however has today shot down any suggestions regarding changing any dates.

“The Six Nations, as far as the date in the calendar is concerned, works well,” Ritchie told BBC Radio 4.

“As far as we’re concerned we have a great TV deal and we have stadia that are filled for every game. Why would you want to change something that works really well? So I can’t see there being any significant move in that.

“And I think as well that the autumn internationals work terribly well for us as well. It’s early days yet, but it’s going to be an interesting few months on the global calendar discussions.”

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