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Six Nations and Sanzaar edge closer to joint deal on global calendar shift

  • Six Nations could move back a month to March-April
  • Unprecedented joint statement sets new tone

Plans to shift the Six Nations’s traditional slot by a month to March and April and play the Rugby Championship in the same window as part of a synchronised global calendar have moved a step closer following an unprecedented joint announcement by the respective tournament organisers.

Both the Six Nations and Sanzaar, who run the Rugby Championship, have committed to further discussions in the coming weeks, amid increasing optimism that a joint accord could be rubber-stamped by early July. It comes just weeks after the chairman of World Rugby, Bill Beaumont, indicated the Six Nations would not be budging from its customary February-March position.

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