All approved! International rugby has a return date after the vote in the Council. After the cancellation of the last matches of the Six Nations and the July window, the agency decided to resume the action of the teams from October 24 to December 5.
This will be for the only time and as a result of what happened in the world with COVID-19. And rule 9 will force clubs to hand over their players to their national teams. This is how the UAR reported in a statement: “Within this framework, players who are summoned to Los Pumas and who are active in European rugby will be able to participate in the Rugby Championship, which has not yet announced its official programming.”
In the Northern Hemisphere, this window will accommodate the postponed men’s and women’s Six Nations matches in late October, a week of rest on November 7, and an international match schedule involving the Six Nations and teams invited to Europe (would be Japan and Fiji) between November 14 and November 5.
With great attention to the COVID-19 restrictions that impact on intercontinental travel and entry requirements to countries, SANZAAR is working hard to officialize the realization of the Rugby Championship, which as announced by World Rugby will take place between 7 November and the second weekend of December.
SANZAAR has suggested that New Zealand be the host. To this end, special measures will be implemented to be able to carry out government requirements for pre-competition isolation.
Notably, the rule 9 adjustment was approved as a temporary measure to mitigate the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the activities of the rugby world and offers a great setting for players, teams, supporters, broadcasters and business partners.
This regulation came after an extensive and productive dialogue between the main stakeholders, balancing the interests of international rugby, club professional rugby and the well-being and safety of the player, to determine a schedule that optimizes the immediate financial recovery and funds for the sport at all levels.
The windows of the current Rule 9 will return to normal once the temporary calendar announced today ends. All involved, Unions, club and player competitions, remain committed to continuous dialogue regarding the future harmonization of the international calendar for the benefit of all.
“We want to highlight that this decision is a very important advance towards a global recovery, as a result of this pandemic that affected the entire planet. We are convinced that these international commitments will collaborate for a rapid recovery of the sport worldwide, “emphasized Marcelo Rodríguez, president of the Argentine Rugby Union.
“As for the Rugby Championship venue and fixture, we continue to work aligned with our Sanzaar peers, to make the best possible decision that benefits the unions, players, broadcasters and stakeholders involved,” said Fernando Rizzi, Secretary of the Union. Rugby Argentina.