Saturday 22 July 2017

Aviva Premiership submit proposal for Six Nations to be played out over five weekends

Italy's Sergio Parisse, Ireland's Rory Best, Scotland's Greig Laidlaw, England's Dylan Hartley, France's Guillem Guirado and Wales' Alun Wyn Jones in attendance at the 2017 RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship Launch at The Hurlingham Club in London. Photo by Paul Harding/Sportsfile
Italy's Sergio Parisse, Ireland's Rory Best, Scotland's Greig Laidlaw, England's Dylan Hartley, France's Guillem Guirado and Wales' Alun Wyn Jones in attendance at the 2017 RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship Launch at The Hurlingham Club in London. Photo by Paul Harding/Sportsfile

Duncan Bech

England's top clubs are seeking a reduction in the length of the RBS 6 Nations from seven to five weeks, Press Association Sport understands.

The tournament's committee to is to consider a proposal by the Aviva Premiership to remove the two fallow weekends, thereby freeing up space at the business end of their domestic and European season.

A potential start time for the new format has yet to be discussed and any change would align with the beginning of the new global season in 2020.

Should the proposal be approved, it would represent the biggest change to the Six Nations since Italy were admitted in 2000.

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