Scottish Chief Confirms Current Six Nations Plans To Finish Off The 2020 Championship
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Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) chief operating officer Dominic McKay has confirmed that the Six Nations are looking at trying to finish off the 2020 championship in October or November of this year.
The Six Nations was put on hold back in March with the final round along with Ireland’s Round 4 clash with Italy in Dublin all still left to play leaving a champion uncrowned.
McKay said the SRU and the rest of the nations are currently looking to find ways to reschedule game as lockdown restrictions begin to be slowly lifted in stages across Europe.
“On the Six Nations, of course we are looking to find ways to reschedules those games,” McKay said.
“We are looking at doing that later in the year if it’s possible, around October/November time.
“But it’s not an easy solve of course because we have got two rounds effectively of the Six Nations and some under-20s games as well.
“I guess it will be a very challenging conversation but no-one actually has the ability to make decisions on this, entirely understandably, because we need to take guidance from our respective governments.”
McKay noted that it’s unlikely nations such as New Zealand and Australia will likely not travel for the autumn internationals this year leaving that window open to possibly play some Six Nations games.
“I guess everyone’s looking at different ways of when rugby can restart, and doing it in a way that gets the competitions fired up,” McKay added.
“Everyone is recognising the November series includes teams from the southern hemisphere, it just may not be practical for those teams to travel, so there’s clearly uncertainty around that.
“We’ve been looking at a number of different scenarios in respect of those autumn Test windows.
“Until such time as we’re told otherwise, we expect to have New Zealand, Argentina and Japan in November. But it would be wrong of us not to give consideration to other options, and that’s what we’re doing just now. It’s all talk as it often is in rugby, but as yet we’re not near any firm solutions.
“The priority is around working with the government and trying to do what is as appropriate as possible.
“At the moment, we’re not looking too far ahead, we’re looking at when can we get our players training? When can we give advice to local rugby clubs about it being safe for them to resume training?
“So, I guess, domestically every organisation and every governing body is working with their government to do what is appropriate to them. No one can look too far into the future at the moment.”