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    Proposed Global Rugby Season

    From today's Irish Times:

    "English Premiership Rugby has backed proposals for a newly integrated global season that have been tabled by the International Rugby Players’ Association.

    "The IRPA wants the northern hemisphere season to start a month later and run from October to June, with summer international tours to take place in the last three weeks of July.

    "The proposal would come into force for the 2015-16 season, following the Rugby World Cup in England, and is understood to have the support of the Aviva Premiership bosses."

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    #2
    A global rugby season is a must for the sport IMO.
    Look at the likes of the Argentinians. Those fellas have to play almost year round at the moment because of the current set up. They're almost all based in NH rugby, and then have to take part in the Rugby Championship during the summer. That kind of thing can't continue.

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      #3
      Hope we can keep the 6Ns where it is. It's the only thing that gets me through Feb and March.

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        #4
        Proposed Global Rugby Season

        How would such a proposal work with the GAA?
        Last edited by the plastic paddy; 9th-July-2013, 20:24.

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          #5
          Amateur game could stay where it is...let the pro game move if they want ...

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            #6
            Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post
            How would such a proposal work with the GAA?
            would it be a big problem? with the explosion in hurling this year rugby might have its work cut out.
            I always knew Madigan was a closet Scrum Half. Ignore All things that suggest Continuity.

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              #7
              Would this mean that the SH closed season was July to October as well and they are playing throughout the height of the southern hemisphere summer? Is that even vaguely realistic? Surely if they wanted to harmonize the hemispheres it would be the NH that would play through their cooler summers? Not that I think that would be a great plan I hasten to add.

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                #8


                9 July 2013Last updated at 17:35
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                Changes to global rugby calendar proposed by players' body

                Rugby players are calling for a change to the game's calendar that would see the Northern Hemisphere season start a month later to ease demands on players.
                The International Rugby Players' Association is also proposing that a Test match window currently scheduled for June be moved into July.
                IRPA's proposals to start in 2016

                • Start Northern Hemisphere club competitions a month later
                • Move June international window back by three weeks into July
                • No mid-season break for Super Rugby


                The changes are proposed for 2016, the year after the next Rugby World Cup.
                "This is the ideal time to seriously consider change," said the IRPA's chairman Damian Hopley.
                According to the IRPA, the proposals would allow more "breathing space" to prepare for the finals that take place at the end of the club rugby season, and allow better recovery time for international players.
                Hopley, a former England international back who played club rugby for Wasps, said the time was right to look at changes to "secure player welfare initiatives."
                "We're in a unique position - for the first time since rugby went professional, the major Northern and Southern Hemisphere competition and commercial structures are on the table at the same time."
                The ideas have been backed by Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, who played at fly-half in all three of the British and Irish Lions' recent Tests against Australia.
                Dates for the diary


                Sept-Oct 2015: Rugby World Cup in England
                Mid-2017: British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand
                2019: Rugby World Cup in Japan

                "We see this initiative as beneficial for the global game," said Sexton. "From a player perspective, we urge our leaders to get in a room together, take a positive attitude and see what can be done."
                The English Premiership and the Pro 12 season, which involves clubs from Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy, currently begin in early September with the finals played in late May.
                Another proposal from the IRPA would see an end to the month-long break in Super Rugby, the southern hemisphere competition contested by 15 franchises in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
                "The idea would also see the British and Irish Lions from the 2017 series in New Zealand onwards touring in a clear window after Super Rugby," added the IRPA, "with an improved ability to deliver full strength midweek games."
                The strength of several of the Lions' Super Rugby opponents on the recent tour of Australia was criticised when many of the best home players were kept out of the teams that faced the British and Irish side.

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                  #9
                  If the season is ending a month later than surely everything should be pushed forward by a month. If the changes took place the international players would have less time to prepare for the november internationals.


                  Rugby going up against GAA would also be a problem here.

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                    #10
                    If NH proposals are true that would mean Rabo starting in October, pre-season games in Sept.
                    presumably HEC would also shuffle about a bit.. probably nov weekends & the "autumn" internationals may move from november.

                    As for GAA clash ? what ? september is the championship finals & with a move to October for rabo then it would only be pre-season games in september. it appears no-one particularly cares about the summer tours from the attitudes I usually see on this forum & they're usually off-set by time-zones so even if the games are on the same day as the early GAA championship matches the likelihood of an actual clash is fairly minimal. June would be finals time for professional club rugby (theoreticially .. we're assuming HEC & international match windows mid-season will just move by 1 month).
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                      #11
                      Not sure if anyone has made this point but we have a move based around the 1% or so of rugby that is professional and will be altering the 99% of amateur rugby to suit that. Which will need to be done because the amateur levels kicks in at national level. You couldn't have, for example, the English top 2-3 divisions playing at one time of year then the teams in the division that promote into them playing to a different schedule. But that problem cascades all the way down. Including within clubs, you can't have a club's 1st team playing their season based on one schedule and the rest of the club, that they rely on for players, playing another schedule. Yes they overlap but the logistics of administering 2 schedules doesn't work.

                      In Ireland how could you have Munster lads playing AIL playing 2 different season schedules?
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post
                        IRPA's proposals to start in 2016

                        • Start Northern Hemisphere club competitions a month later
                        • Move June international window back by three weeks into July
                        • No mid-season break for Super Rugby



                        This is ridiculous

                        They start the season a month later and finish it three weeks later. That means it will be a week shorter than presently. Yet, they say that they will have more time to prepare for the end-of-season finals.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Piquet View Post
                          This is ridiculous

                          They start the season a month later and finish it three weeks later. That means it will be a week shorter than presently. Yet, they say that they will have more time to prepare for the end-of-season finals.
                          wonder what competition they have planned behind this idea that isn't being advertised yet, some August/September tournament.
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