Paris (AFP) – The newly re-elected Chair of the World Rugby Council, Bill Beaumont said on Sunday that plans for the global season were in the initial stages of discussion.
Former England captain Beaumont, 68, who beat former Argentine captain Agustin Pichot to position this weekend, said the coronavirus pandemic has boosted the idea of an alignment campaign for the northern and southern hemisphere.
Reports in The Rugby Paper in England claim European teams and teams from countries such as the South African World Cup winners can play at the same time this year.
“This is very in the embryonic stage at the moment. People are talking because what stimulates debate is the position regarding this year,” Beaumont said.
“The north goes south in one month and then immediately after that the party will go north. We must remember that we must bring all our stakeholders together,” he added.
Beaumont claimed to face challenges from various leagues, trade unions and domestic parties based in Europe.
“In the north we have to bring club matches with you, we have to bring European matches with us. We are in dialogue with all stakeholders,” he said.
“There are more problems in certain areas when you have more stakeholders.”
The prospect of a united season includes the competition for the global United Nations, which was canceled in June because the Six Nations were worried about the possibility of relegation from the top tier of the game.
Beaumont said the new tournament will have many layers that allow parties to move between competitions.
“My work is hopefully to get a consensus from everyone in the game. I think there is a desire from the Six Nations to see the Championship of Nations,” Beaumont said.
“In that case you can have competition with all countries playing in that window and sit below that you will have additional competition for developing countries so they can play at the same time in other competitions.
“You can get a promotion and relegate into it,” he added.
In his first press conference since his re-election, Beaumont said he wanted to change the eligibility rules to allow individuals to represent different countries despite appearing for other countries.
“That would allow players who might have played in tournament seven, they might have played a strange game for a Tier 1 country, to come back,” the former key said.
“I think it gives an opportunity to help certain countries that are limited in the resources of their players.
“It must be signed by the council and the two trade unions but it will increase the competitiveness of the Rugby World Cup without a doubt,” he added.
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