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Six Nations may move to April ‘to ease congestion’

Six Nations trophyTalks will be held this month on a possible shake-up of the Six Nations rugby tournament which will include changing the date it is held and inviting more teams to take part.

The start of the annual event could be moved from February to April with changes to the scoring system, such as bonus points, to raise excitement.

Former England captain Bill Beaumont, recently appointed World Rugby chairman,said moving the competition to the spring could help solve fixture congestion.

National associations are looking at how they fit test matches and World Cup tournaments around domestic leagues and Lions tours.

A Six Nations council meeting takes place at the end of this month to review the competition’s place in the global calendar and whether it needs to be revamped. There has been talk of an Eight Nations tournament allowing countries such as Georgia and Romania to compete.

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies said: “I don’t think we need to move it for the sake of it because it does work where it is now – it gets huge following, huge TV audiences etc.

“But if it were necessary to move it in order that it were a piece of the jigsaw that enabled northern and southern hemispheres to have a coherent global season, then it’s worth doing.”

 

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