IRB sorting out int’l calendar, plus RWC-seeding
March 6, 2007
Big shake-up possible? Via New Zealand Herald:
The IRB is expected to unveil plans in Auckland this week to make end of season tours part of a new, two-year competition counting towards World Cup seeding.
After almost seven years of expensive research and debate, Bernard Lapasset, the enigmatic Frenchman who heads the IRB's high performance unit, has come up with a couple of ideas to restore the vibrancy of test rugby.
The prospect of a global season - unifying the Northern and Southern Hemisphere seasons - has been ruled out, leaving only the June and November test windows with which to tinker.
One idea the IRB will put forward on Tuesday is a 10-team competition, played over two years, involving all the game's Tier One countries.
This proposal recognises that traditional competitions such as the Six Nations and Tri Nations are foundation stones that should never be removed and that the stale, mouldy part of the rugby season is the two cross-hemisphere test windows.
More at Rugby Planet.