Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Report: Changes Close In Global Calendar

According to a report by the BBC a new global rugby calendar is set to take place after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. There aren't any earth shattering changes to the calendar with the biggest change being no summer tours after World Cup years and the Premiership and Pro12 starting later and finishing in June. The Six Nations and the World Cup will keep their same time slots as will Super Rugby except that with summer internationals likely moved to July there won't be a break late in the Super Rugby season. The Lions will tour in July and August 2021.

Also of special note is that more Tier I opponents are scheduled for the likes of the U.S., Canada, and Japan. What exactly that entails is still up in the air. It's also unclear whether Tier II countries would be happy swapping out one or two Tier I fixtures for a summer of no internationals at all. Overall, the changes shouldn't impact American rugby too much except for adding some tougher opponents and potentially losing three matches every cycle.

1 comment:

  1. Losing 3 matches every 4 years isn't terrible, especially since that will be the norm for everyone. Getting more Tier 1 opposition will be good.