World Rugby reveals window for Rugby Championship, supports call for NZ-based competition

World Rugby has announced the Rugby Championship will take place over a reduced six-week period between November 7th and December 12th.

Aaron Smith during New Zealand v South Africa, July 27, 2019. Source: Photosport

New Zealand is in line to host the southern hemisphere competition after being asked by SANZAAR.

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In a statement, World Rugby says "special measures will need to be implemented to deal with any Government-required isolation period prior to the start of the competition".

It comes as rugby's international governing body announced a new international Test window due to coronavirus restrictions.

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The Sport and Recreation Minister said the Government is discussing with SANZAAR what would be needed to make the tournament happen. Source: 1 NEWS

Meanwhile, the northern hemisphere’s Six Nations will be completed in October after World Rugby approved a new temporary international window.

The remaining rounds of both the men’s and women’s tournaments will be played on 24 and 31 October.

That will be followed by a rest weekend the following week, before four straight rounds of matches.

World Rugby says the Test window will return to normal after the conclusion of the temporary calendar.