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IRB has a moment of lucidity

Written by Stu Cooper (Worcestershire Sauce)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 18 May 2010 at 09:35

One can never be sure if they listened to the average fan or they looked at the bottom line but the IRB have announced a new 10 year global plan that incorporates traditional tours.

Rugby Heaven writes that the schedule, which commences in 2012, will lead to more meaningful Tests between SANZAR and Six Nations Unions during the June window with teams from the northern and southern hemispheres touring on a rotational basis.

Most years within the schedule will involve a two- or three-Test series against only one visiting nation in June, with midweek matches also set to be incorporated at the agreement of the respective Unions, the IRB said in a statement issued overnight (NZ time).

There will also be more involvement for the Pacific Islands, North America and Japan

“The approval of this new global schedule represents an historic landmark for the game and is the culmination of extensive work that kicked off at the Woking Forum in 2007 where the global Rugby family committed to finding an appropriate schedule that adds value to the June window, provides the catalyst for the growth of our sport and is acceptable to all major stakeholders,” said IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset.

“The development of a global schedule is not an easy task.

“I would like to thank all the Unions for their full collaboration and commitment to drafting a schedule that is in the best interests of the game.

“Specific tours will be announced by the respective Unions, as per usual commercial practice.


  • Its about time. Be interesting to see how this impacts on expanded Tri-Nations and the conference version of the Super 15 coming next year.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.05.10 09:47:08 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • always thought that it was a good idea. However must say that seeing boks midweek matches at the end of the last year was very disappointing, there seemed to be so little committment.

    but was good to see lions playing provincial sides, some of them really put up a fight.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.05.10 09:55:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 1) :

    Very good question.

    So will the S15 be put on hold for a few weeks while the June test window is played or will we have watered down S15 games while the test players are out?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.05.10 18:28:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : KSA – my understanding is yes in the middle of the Super 14 they are going to pause for the Tests. I will see if i can find a breakdown for next years comp and post something

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.10 10:34:45 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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