Frenchman Bernard Le Roux is having a bad time in the hands of Scotsman Rory Sutherland during the 2020 VI Nations Tournament - Scott Heppell / AP / SIPA

In exceptional season, “exceptional program”. The international autumn will last six weekends and not three in 2020. World Rugby voted this Thursday for an extended international autumn window by temporarily modifying its rule 9. Which means that the internationals of the northern nations are now available. from October 24 to December 5-6.

This arrangement should allow the Six Nations Tournament, interrupted at the beginning of March by the Covid-19 pandemic, to end its 2020 edition, then to organize in the northern hemisphere, after a weekend of break, a new tournament of mid -November to early December. The Rugby Championship, the annual tournament of the nations of the southern hemisphere which is usually held at the end of the summer, will take place from November 7 to December 12-13 in a single country, a priori New Zealand.

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"The change to this rule has been approved on an interim basis in order to mitigate the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 crisis on rugby-related activities worldwide and is intended to offer welcome assistance to players," to teams, fans and commercial and broadcast partners, ”said the global body that manages rugby.

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The English (Premiership Rugby) and French (LNR) Leagues, whose clubs employ many internationals from their own country as well as foreigners, have already expressed their disapproval of the even provisional modification of rule 9. Top 14 agree to go up to five games for the XV of France, but not six.


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