South African Rugby has confirmed there is a slight possibility the following summer’s British and Irish Lions visit could be moved to suit an expected updated worldwide schedule.
The Lions visit has an arranged July 3, 2021 beginning, with the three Tests on back to back ends of the week from July 24 onwards; however, a mooted change to the game’s worldwide schedule could see a switch.
“The visit is going on and the time is as yet fixed on where it is, however, there may be a date change,” South African Rugby CEO Juries Roux said in a press preparation on Monday.
“There is a slight possibility that to line up with another worldwide schedule, it may move to either a September/October or October/November window and that is simply because if that is the main obstacle of getting the worldwide schedule over the line, we would not have any desire to be the deterrent to that.”
Roux said a choice on the recommended worldwide schedule move, which would get rid of mid-year internationals, could come when July 1, which would give conviction on when the Lions visit, will occur.
“Second just to the World Cup, it is the greatest thing on the schedule,” Roux included.
“The business model we have set up as a joint endeavor among us and the Lions is in reality entirely ‘out there’.
“We have discarded the course book on it. It is an extraordinary model. It is a sharing of income, logos, and IP (licensed innovation) and business worth, and something that in a post-COVID world will enable us to work as a going concern.
Exchanges to adjust the club and global schedule to ease apparatus blockage have been quickened by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the game.
Among the thoughts being talked about is a move of the Six Nations Championship, potentially to a month or two later than its flow February/March opening, and for Europe to embrace to a greater degree a midyear club rugby season.
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