World Rugby issued a statement informing the possible competition dates for the rest of 2020. This includes the intention that the Rugby Championship be played entirely in a single country, in a reduced period of six weeks, between 7 November and December 12. The calendar must be approved at the entity’s next Board meeting on July 30.
The entity clarifies that this occurs within the framework of the restrictions resulting from COVID-19 that continue to impact international travel and border crossings in the Southern Hemisphere, and notes that special measures will also be implemented to deal with government requirements regarding quarantines. prior to the start of the competition.
If the plan is confirmed, there will be no crossings between those selected from the southern hemisphere with the north, since the proposed international window runs from October 24 to December 5, the date on which the Six Nations tournament that remains to play will be finished. of date 4 and date 5 complete. Later, those selected from that tournament and teams invited to Europe would play between November 14 and November 5.
The Union of New Zealand has already announced its intention to host the Championship and is working with the government of its country to define venues and protocols to hold the tournament. It is worth clarifying that the country is currently organizing the Super Rugby Aotearoa in stadiums without restrictions to the public.
Subject to approval, the venue and fixture will be announced by the SANZAAR Exco, made up of Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
For its part, in the virtual meeting of the World Council, on July 30, all the recommendations and issues related to Rule 9 of the regulation will be resolved, which implies the release of the players who are in competition with their clubs so that they can participate in international matches with their National Teams.
Sources: World Rugby and UAR.