Wolrd Rugby President Bill Beaumont is confident that the new schedule of international matches for 2020, to be voted on Thursday at the meeting of the council of the mother body of rugby, will have no objection from the leagues of European clubs, especially France. and England.
A temporary international window was recommended from the Dublin offices between October 24 and December 12. This will allow both Northern Hemisphere (Six Nations) and Southern Unions (Rugby Championship) to fulfill their events postponed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to reports handled by the top pope of rugby club owners are not happy with rule nine that requires clubs to release players for the international window at the end of the year. This extension causes him to lose players in important stages of the competition, the leaders of the French and English teams say softly, but they are also afraid that this clause will endure over time. This year will be the exception, but the clubs will do everything possible so that this “obligation” is not used in the coming years.
Beaumont gave his point of view in dialogue with Sky Sport NZ, noting that the changes to the match schedule will actually balance in terms of player availability for clubs in France and England, claiming that the revised measures will not see players. outside their clubs more than they are in an ordinary year.
Speaking to New Zealand’s The Breakdown program, ahead of Thursday’s World Rugby Council vote on the extended window for 2020, Beaumont was hopeful that the plan to extend the year-end window would be approved.
“They (for the English and French clubs) were concerned and I think they still follow it, because they may lose players, but the English season, for example, will start on August 15 and the French season will start on September 3. If the calendar it would be played like every year the players would have to give up because they would be playing the Rugby Championship, ”said Beaumont.
“Look, World Rugby has made a decision that it is suitable for global play, because we have to start international rugby, which is what finances the game, after all. That finances the game, be it the tournament in New Zealand or the one played in England, “added the World Rugby boss.