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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Beaumont gets backing for 6 Nations move

Bil Beaumont. Photo: Getty
Bil Beaumont. Photo: Getty

England's players' union has backed Bill Beaumont's bid to move the 6 Nations to create a global rugby season.

Rugby Players' Association (RPA) chairman Christian Day has praised World Rugby's incoming chairman Beaumont for admitting the Six Nations may have to move to April.

World Rugby want a streamlined global season to safeguard players against injury through simply being overworked through sheer number of games.

Six Nations chief executive John Feehan has previously branded the tournament's February-March slot "non-negotiable", but Beaumont insists change could be on the cards - and has received immediate support.

"It's brilliant Bill's come out and said that," Day said. "I hope he can do it, we'll have to see if he can. Hopefully the southern and northern hemispheres will get together and work things out for the players."

Beaumont was sworn in as World Rugby's new chairman in Dublin on Wednesday, and will start the new role on July 1. The former England and British and Irish Lions star has targeted aligning a global calendar as one of his top five priorities, and conceded the positioning of the Six Nations merits review under that.

"The game has changed undoubtedly, and you have got to keep moving," Beaumont said.

"I think you have got to be prepared to look at it (moving the Six Nations).

"That could well be a solution. I know John (Feehan) will probably be quite reluctant to do so. It's a question of compromise."

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