Welsh rugby coach wants 'level playing field' between hemispheres

CARDIFF: Welsh coach Wayne Pivac has asked rugby The two hemispheres align to form a global season. The European term runs from September to June, while the campaign in countries like South Africa's world champions begins at the beginning of the calendar year and ends in late November.

The test windows for countries on any side of the world are currently configured for July and November.

Everyone would like to see a level playing field between hemispheres, he said. By the time the southern hemisphere reaches the north, the last game of a tour is difficult, when for the northern hemisphere it is a good time to play in the south as we are cool.

If we can get the seasons to start and end at the same time, that would be a fair way to look at it, he added.

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Kiwi Pivac, who replaced compatriot Warren Gatland after last year's World Cup, said the interruption of the sport caused by the coronavirus pandemic will offer the possibility of rethinking the calendar.

I think we have that opportunity now, I think the game could look a little different, certainly shortly after COVID-19, he said.

I think it's a great opportunity and I think the global season is probably one we'd all like to see put under some scrutiny and see if we can up with something that is suitable for both northern and southern hemisphere rugby.

Pivac's thoughts echoed the newly re-elected World Rugby President Bill Beaumont.

It is really important that we do not have major problems with the north and the south, we have to come together to improve the game, he told the World Rugby website.

We have to look at the game schedules. We have to see if the July and November windows are working. There may well be a chance now with the coronavirus that we may be able to look at these windows, he added.