IRB chief executive Brett Gosper has revealed that while an IRB committee is working on it a global season is unlikely to happen before 2019.
Super Rugby and Rugby Championship organisers SANZAR have requested that the IRB move the current June Test window to July in order to allow their Super Rugby tournament to run without a break for internationals.
July does not currenly fit in with the European season as the climax of the Northern Hemisphere tournaments take place in May and the June Internationals follow on.
Moving the mid-year internationals to July would therefore not work for Northern Hemisphere teams as the players would not get sufficient rest and the season would have a “dead” month in June.
The New Zealand Rugby Union expressed frustration that Northern Hemisphere nations have refused to back calls to shift the June international window back a month.
Moving the mid-year Tests to July would stop them interrupting the Southern Hemisphere’s Super Rugby season and also give players a slightly longer off-season after years of complaints about too many matches.
The reluctance of the Home Unions to come to the party is what is preventing a more acceptable global season to be implemented.
It has long been suggested that the selfish nature of Home Union officials – those from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland – has been at the heart of the troubled and scattered international and domestic calendars.
A push to move June internationals back and create an integrated global rugby season by 2016 remains a ‘long shot’, New Zealand Rugby Union chief Steve Tew has warned.
The International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) has campaigned for the June Test window to be pushed back to the end of July to allow southern hemisphere-based players to finish the Super Rugby tournament and have Europe-based players start their domestic campaigns later.
Bulls captain Pierre Spies says he is in favour of a global rugby season which would see the Super Rugby competition finish earlier in the year.
The subject has been the focus of much speculation with the current SANZAR agreement set to expire in 2015, and Spies added his voice to the calls for the entire season to be restructured.
International players have renewed their calls to develop a global rugby season by moving the June Test window to the end of July.
The International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) – the worldwide representative body for professional rugby players – held a conference in Australia recently and considered the possibility of moving the June Test match window until the last three weeks of July, beginning in 2016.
There are no current moves afoot to establish a global calendar for the Rugby Union season, a senior IRB official said, amid complaints that it is too long.
Brett Gosper, the IRB’s Chief Executive Officer, said it was a matter of complex negotiation for which no one currently had the “heart”.
The head of New Zealand’s Rugby Players Association says international representative players could take strike action “as a last resort” to press claims for an integrated international season with fewer matches.
I was sent a link to this Article by our friend and fellow blogger, TonyM… it’s long, but read it!
WALES’ four regions are ready to welcome official talks with English and French club bosses about revolutionary plans to reform the world rugby calendar.
Bath owner Bruce Craig is proposing a radical overhaul of the season structure to bring the two hemispheres in line regards their domestic and international games.
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The Champion, Blue Bulls suffered their third consecutive defeat of the season. Four teams, The Sharks , Griquas, Pampas XV and EP Kings are still unbeaten. The EP Kings had to forfeit the Log points of their first two games because they used illegitimate players in both matches. Read on for the match reports from Supersport
Golden Lions (3) 9 / Pampas XV (12) 15 (Final Score)
The Golden Lions hosted the Pampas XV at Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg at 16:45. This was the match thread for discussion of the game. The match was broadcast live on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.
Despite more than 67% possession and almost as much territorial advantage the Golden Lions contrived to lose this match, whereas a very ill-diciplined Pampas XV side (who conceded 2 yellow cards and countless penalties) used the meager chances they had to win against the odds.