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The Six Nations May Be In Line For A Major Revamp

The Six Nations May Be In Line For A Major Revamp

The Six Nations could be set for a revamp when the tournament organisers meet this summer, according to Welsh Rugby Union Chairman Gareth Davies.

There has been talk of moving the Six Nations tournament to April to effectively create a global rugby season, with the newly installed World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont confirming back in May that a change could be on the cards.

A complete overhaul of the tournament's current format could see the introduction of bonus points, with promotions and relegation also a possibility also.

Speaking to BBC Wales, Davies labeled the current format 'unsustainable' and seemed optimistic that a welcomed revamp will happen - and an introduction of a global season.

The main reason for the global season is player welfare, to try and cut down the numbers of games players are playing.

Our guys were in New Zealand in June, July. They started training the first week of June the previous year.

The New Zealand boys couldn't get over it. These guys had been going for 13 months playing international rugby. That is not sustainable.

Davies believes that a simple change like moving the Six Nations would go an enormous way to improve player welfare. With discussions set to take place later in the Summer, a complete overhaul is 'up for grabs' according to Davies.

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There's a Six Nations council meeting at the end of this month and this isn't to fuel speculation, it is an annual review of where the Six Nations sits.

So is it worth considering moving it? Do we look at bonus points, which is something that people have asked for to make it more exciting, scoring tries etc.

Do we look at 'is it a closed shop for the Six Nations?' Do we open the gates to Georgia, Romania or anybody else who is deemed worth and is capable of being in there?

So all those are up for grabs really.

It remains to be seen whether or not any of Davies' proposed changes will happen or not, the idea of bonus points and the added drama or promotions and relegation could be just exactly what the tournament needs.

[BBC Sport]

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