International Rugby Board Considers Moving June Test Match Window To July
The Int'l Rugby Board "will consider moving the June Test match window to July" as part of a plan to develop an integrated global rugby season, according to Bret Harris of THE AUSTRALIAN. The world governing body will look at moving the Test window at its next council meeting in November, "but any change would not come into effect until after the 2015 World Cup in England." The move has the support of the three SANZAR nations -- South Africa, New Zealand and Australia -- "because it would do away with Super Rugby's month-long break." Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said, "There's a lot of benefit in doing that for fans, for players and the game overall. It would be a very good outcome." The move would see European club competitions start a month later, "which would enable more domestic competitions to be played after the Christmas break and improve player availability for Test matches" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 7/15).