Wednesday 21 March 2018

Trimble: Condensed Six Nations will lead to injuries

Ulster's Andrew Trimble. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster's Andrew Trimble. Photo: Sportsfile

Andrew Trimble has warned that a condensed Six Nations schedule would lead to an increase in injuries.

Players' groups and internationals in England have voiced their concerns at the idea that the tournament be reduced to six weeks from its current seven which would mean just one rest weekend for players from 2020 onwards.

Together with English clubs and their owners, the RFU are behind moves to reduce the number of weeks dedicated to the flagship European tournament as discussions over a new season schedule continue.

Joe Schmidt has said that such a move would favour countries with larger playing bases, while players' groups have warned of the consequences to player welfare. Trimble has played 32 times in the tournament since his first appearance in 2006 and knows how tough it can be.

"It would be a big ask," he said. "The games, the intensity is through the roof. You get into a lot of politics with player welfare, can we handle it... the physicality of those games is so tough, the intensity is at a level that it'd be a big ask to squeeze it into that window.

"If it works, great. I can definitely see some benefits, week to week, having that real momentum to the Championship.

"It's always a brilliant climax on the last day so I can see that being enhanced; but I can just see more injuries and players missing out, I think it would be tough."

Irish Independent

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