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  • Waterfordlad
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    A €330 million deal between CVC Captial Partners and the Six Nations has been halved due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The deal in which the private equity firm was due to purchase 14.5% shareholding in the annual tournament has been reduced to €165 million, according to the Irish Times.

    The 2020 Six Nations was halted during the fourth round, when Ireland were due to host Italy in the Aviva, as the pandemic swept through Europe.

    Despite the reduction, negotiations between the two parties are ongoing, with a new deal in the region of €220 million expected in the coming weeks.

    Six Nations issued a statement confirming talks were continuing, while eluding to the uncertainty of the current situation, stating:

    “Negotiations of this nature are complex. They can take significant time and at this point, are still ongoing."

    According to the Financial Times, CVC are also seeking the inclusion of coronavirus clauses to ensure any further disruption to the tournament due to Covid-19 will allow them to withhold funds.

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  • Sulla
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    Behind closed doors is still a big possibility. There'll need to be a sustained period of zero deaths and no cases before any social distanced crowds at anything will be allowed IMHO. UK will be lagging behind us in a long way too. The PL soccer return has been a success, it's the template

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  • neill_m
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    Originally posted by Sulla View Post
    IRFU in process of refunding Italy 6N tickets. Looks like they’ve come round to the belief not likely at all to be allowed crowds at matches this autumn.. knock on effect for the provinces re Pro12 & HEC games
    another financial black hole to fill.
    They had probably sold out the stadium. At best on October 24th, would be allowed a Socially Distanced crowd. Leinster CEO was talking about a possible crowd of 18k in Lansdowne Road for the Saracens QF. You would have to refund the entire previous crowd and need a do a new sale if crowds are allowed etc.

    The Welsh are looking very seriously on a related note of moving the Scotland game on Oct 31st to the London Stadium (West Ham's ground) and their autumn internationals to Twickenham. Possible Socially Distanced crowds of 40k. Millennium Stadium being used as a field hospital re COVID.
    Last edited by neill_m; Today, 09:25.

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  • Sulla
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    IRFU in process of refunding Italy 6N tickets. Looks like they’ve come round to the belief not likely at all to be allowed crowds at matches this autumn.. knock on effect for the provinces re Pro12 & HEC games
    another financial black hole to fill.

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  • ormond lad
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    Originally posted by MunsterBakery View Post
    All sounds great aligning the calendars but for Northern Hemisphere the maths don't add up.
    Take Munster or any Pro14 team. On basis they went distance in every competition.
    22 weekends in Pro14
    9 in European Cup.
    5 weekends for 6 nations
    5 weekends for Internationals.

    That is 41 weekends. Player welfare has in that they get rest periods at the moment so what would lose out
    some pro14 games on international weekends be it November and/or 6 nations.
    Cuts down maybe 4 or 5 weekends so down to 36/37.
    Add in few rest weekends to bring back up to 40 or so weekends.

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  • MunsterBakery
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    All sounds great aligning the calendars but for Northern Hemisphere the maths don't add up.
    Take Munster or any Pro14 team. On basis they went distance in every competition.
    22 weekends in Pro14
    9 in European Cup.
    5 weekends for 6 nations
    5 weekends for Internationals.

    That is 41 weekends. Player welfare has in that they get rest periods at the moment so what would loose out

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  • Munsterboy
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    Originally posted by glorob View Post

    At 30th April 2019 the IRFU had cash at bank of €38,427,202
    Cheers. That’s probably enough to run the four provinces, the Aviva, plus whatever other stuff they can’t put off, for 9 months, but I doubt they’ll have much change.

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  • glorob
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    Originally posted by Munsterboy View Post

    How big do you think their cash reserves are? Would be surprised if they could last the rest of the year without any income.

    The IRFU, GAA and other sporting bodies provide huge amounts of benefit to both the economy and the physical and mental health of people of all ages across the country. It’s vital they aren’t allowed to go to the wall.
    At 30th April 2019 the IRFU had cash at bank of €38,427,202

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  • Munsterboy
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    Originally posted by glorob View Post

    A hit of €15million or €20 million will not break the IRFU.

    The Government have many demands on them in the current crises and, I am sure , the IRFU do not feature high on the list of the needy.
    How big do you think their cash reserves are? Would be surprised if they could last the rest of the year without any income.

    The IRFU, GAA and other sporting bodies provide huge amounts of benefit to both the economy and the physical and mental health of people of all ages across the country. It’s vital they aren’t allowed to go to the wall.

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  • jagawayagain
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    Originally posted by glorob View Post

    A hit of €15million or €20 million will not break the IRFU.

    The Government have many demands on them in the current crises and, I am sure , the IRFU do not feature high on the list of the needy.
    At the same time they generate substantial income for the local economy for home fixtures- and great international PR for the country, so shouldn’t be overlooked when needing support.

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  • glorob
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    Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
    IRFU to lose €15/20m if postponed 6N and AIs aren't played and will run out of cash within a matter of months. Browne says that the government needs to provide financial supports to sporting organisations. https://www.irishrugby.ie/2020/05/22...-play-roadmap/
    A hit of €15million or €20 million will not break the IRFU.

    The Government have many demands on them in the current crises and, I am sure , the IRFU do not feature high on the list of the needy.

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  • ustix
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    Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
    IRFU to lose €15/20m if postponed 6N and AIs aren't played and will run out of cash within a matter of months. Browne says that the government needs to provide financial supports to sporting organisations. https://www.irishrugby.ie/2020/05/22...-play-roadmap/
    Is indemnity against losses or insurance a factor?

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  • Wallyman
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    IRFU to lose €15/20m if postponed 6N and AIs aren't played and will run out of cash within a matter of months. Browne says that the government needs to provide financial supports to sporting organisations. https://www.irishrugby.ie/2020/05/22...-play-roadmap/

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  • Upfront_1979
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    sounds pretty positive

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  • Cowboy
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    Six Nations confirms it's working with SANZAAR on 'aligned global calendar'

    The two bodies have been in discussions during the lockdown.

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    THE SIX NATIONS has confirmed that it is working with its Southern Hemisphere counterpart, SANZAAR, in a bid to create “an aligned global calendar.”

    A statement from the Six Nations says the discussions have followed on from a World Rugby meeting in March and will continue as “all parties work towards an aligned global calendar that can deliver a clear and coherent narrative.”

    Rugby fans around the world have been crying out for a more aligned global calendar for years, frustrated by the differences in schedule between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.



    Test rugby should be set for a major rejig to become more aligned.Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

    While today’s statement does not outline any of the potential proposals for aligning the calendar, it is clear that ensuring the Rugby Championship and Six Nations take place in the same window of the calendar will be an important part of any plans.

    The Six Nations says it and SANZAAR have agreed on several key principles that will guide their ongoing discussions around what the aligned calendar will look like.

    Those principles, listed below, include negating overlaps between club and international games, ensuring players are released for Test rugby, and bringing about a better ‘narrative’ in club and international competitions.

    Perhaps as importantly at anything, the principles underlined all parties’ intent to enhance the earning power of club and international rugby.



    The key principles that the Six Nations says have underpinned the work to date are;
    1. Significantly mitigate overlaps between club and country fixtures
    2. Better aligned player release windows for players, stakeholders and competitions
    3. Improve player welfare
    4. Improve narrative and competitiveness of International and Domestic Competitions around clear windows
    5. Define clear high-performance pathways for Emerging Nations through the delivery of an internationally more inclusive game
    6. Evolve competition structures that are underpinned with enhanced commercial offerings
    7. Restore public faith in the core values of rugby and showing strong collective leadership in the best interests of the game.

    “Following the World Rugby meetings in March this year, SANZAAR and the Six Nations (“the Nations”) have been working closely over the lockdown period against a set of key principles between the parties, to develop and agree proposals for an aligned global calendar,” reads the Six Nations statement.

    “Even though there may be different preferences, from the outset the Nations have adopted a mindset that has sought to eliminate self-interest and recognise that the international and club game have shared mutual benefits that if approached and managed correctly can enable both to flourish.

    “A further consultation process, in total transparency with unions, clubs and players, will commence as all parties work towards an aligned global calendar that can deliver a clear and coherent narrative.

    “The Nations together with other key stakeholders remain open to shape the options that have been developed in an effort to resolve an issue that has held the game back for many years and are committed to putting rugby on a progressive path.”







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