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England’s domestic rugby union season to extend deep into summer | Robert Kitson

• Premiership will include mid-season breaks
• Apologies to Cardiff Blues and Glasgow for colour clash

The much-debated changes to England’s traditional domestic rugby calendar will be announced on Tuesday at Twickenham. Rather than lasting from early September to late May the Premiership season will extend deep into June with all summer tours earmarked for July.

Despite months of compromise talks between the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association, the schedule is set to generate further intense debate, with the closing weeks of the domestic campaign and the summer Tests potentially now clashing with long-established cricket, tennis and golf events.

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