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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# global season

All time
# north v south
'Still early', but EPCR boss says plans for 16-club global rugby tournament 'advancing'
Vincent Gaillard says the tournament should remain ‘exclusive’ by being played once every four years.
# Gatland
'Now or never for global season,' says Gatland
Lions coach believes unity can be found.
# Alignment
A British and Irish League? An aligned global calendar? Maybe...
Hannah Bowe of Esportif explains why rugby is on the ‘cusp of change.’
# Future
Uncertainty abounds but rugby has chance to change for the better
World Rugby, unions, leagues, and the players’ union have been involved in discussions.
# Player power
Rugby players announce minimum conditions for future global competition
‘Players are actually in favour of a proper global season that works for everyone’
# global season
Six Nations needs to 'think about the game rather than themselves' - Hansen
The All Blacks boss was disappointed World Rugby’s proposed Nations Championship was shot down.
# Early Kick-off
Super Rugby start brought forward, will coincide with Six Nations opening weekend
A few nice warm-up matches to get you up to speed before the internationals.
# World League
'You can't ring-fence 12 teams': Joe Schmidt backs players and calls for re-think from World Rugby
The Ireland head coach believes World Rugby has to protect their ‘assets’, the players.
# global season
Sexton leads critics of 'out-of-touch' proposal for new 12-team World Rugby tournament
There was no place for Fiji, Samoa or Tonga in the proposed tournament, with emerging TV markets Japan and USA preferred.
# status quo
IRFU boss Browne opposed to changing worldwide rugby season structure
“There’s not much point changing it if it’s going to make things worse.”