World Rugby has confirmed it intends to hold internationals in the Northern Hemisphere from October 24 until December 5, meaning Ireland would complete their Six Nations schedule before participating in an invitational tournament with other European sides and potentially Fiji.
South Africa are not yet ready to throw their eggs into the European basket despite New Zealand Rugby announcing plans to abandon the current Super Rugby format from next season in a move that would threaten the long-standing SANZAAR alignment between the Southern Hemisphere heavyweights.
PEACE in our time. After a month of fraught pay negotiations that threatened Irish rugby’s delicate eco-system, the players and the IRFU finally reached agreement that will carry the game here through until the end of 2020.
Ireland's rugby players earning more than €25,000 per year will take a 10% pay cut while deferring another 10% until January 2021 at the earliest after the IRFU and Rugby Players Ireland finally reached agreement after almost a month of talks on pay tonight.
The IRFU has begun the process of refunding tickets for the two outstanding Six Nations fixtures against Italy and France. Provincial branches have outlined the process for refunds to clubs and their members, with that process set to get underway in the next few weeks.
Six English Premiership players and four members of staff tested positive for Covid-19 this week, while yesterday the organisers of the Heineken Champions Cup, EPCR, announced that the final will not be held in Marseille this October.
Slowly but surely the stars are aligning for rugby's big shift. Covid-19 has accelerated the timeline, and it appears to be only a matter of time now before the Guinness PRO14 expands its South African presence.
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