World Rugby have set a deadline date of June 30 for a final decision on how the remainder of the year will look in terms of completing postponed international and club games, writes Cian Tracey.
The news comes following another meeting between the game's major stakeholders, during which a potential global calendar was also discussed in "frank" detail.
Since Covid-19 brought rugby to a standstill, unions have been locked in negotiations about how the northern and southern hemisphere seasons could be aligned with the suggestion that campaigns could run from February to September, or December to July.
However, various unions hold different views about how the calendar should look. But World Rugby have now confirmed that it is planning an adjusted window from October, which it hopes will enable postponed games to be completed.
The statement from World Rugby read: "In the absence of full alignment, further information sharing and discussion will be undertaken with all parties regarding the viability of proposed adjustments to the 2020 international release weekends stipulated in Regulation 9 that will enable postponed and other international matches to be played in an adjusted window from October, while enabling the completion of existing club competitions.
"The final decision on 2020 will be confirmed by vote of the World Rugby Council on 30 June."