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Is there much point in cross hemisphere rugby without a global season? Australia today played their 9th match in just under 3 months (average 3 matches a month v’s Wales playing their first proper test since April.

It’s the same every year yet it is never acknowledged by the media.

If we have a global season we may have fair matches, if we don’’t it will always be a mismatch. Anyone who says but but but it’s fair because Australia will be tired!!! Ask anyone who has played would they rather be 8 or 9 games into their season and be a little tired v’s being a scratch side playing their first game after a 5 days together.

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Valley G wrote:
Is there much point in cross hemisphere rugby without a global season? Australia today played their 9th match in just under 3 months (average 3 matches a month v’s Wales playing their first proper test since April.

It’s the same every year yet it is never acknowledged by the media.

If we have a global season we may have fair matches, if we don’’t it will always be a mismatch. Anyone who says but but but it’s fair because Australia will be tired!!! Ask anyone who has played would they rather be 8 or 9 games into their season and be a little tired v’s being a scratch side playing their first game after a 5 days together.


A question that IRB/World Rugby haven't answered since they first promised a study in 2007.

I believe that they fear that Rugby below international level will catch a ride ;)

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Valley G wrote:
Is there much point in cross hemisphere rugby without a global season? Australia today played their 9th match in just under 3 months (average 3 matches a month v’s Wales playing their first proper test since April.

It’s the same every year yet it is never acknowledged by the media.

If we have a global season we may have fair matches, if we don’’t it will always be a mismatch. Anyone who says but but but it’s fair because Australia will be tired!!! Ask anyone who has played would they rather be 8 or 9 games into their season and be a little tired v’s being a scratch side playing their first game after a 5 days together.
it should work the other way around too, but it never seems to bother the SH sides too much in June

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Andrew (Scum V) wrote:
Valley G wrote:
Is there much point in cross hemisphere rugby without a global season? Australia today played their 9th match in just under 3 months (average 3 matches a month v’s Wales playing their first proper test since April.

It’s the same every year yet it is never acknowledged by the media.

If we have a global season we may have fair matches, if we don’’t it will always be a mismatch. Anyone who says but but but it’s fair because Australia will be tired!!! Ask anyone who has played would they rather be 8 or 9 games into their season and be a little tired v’s being a scratch side playing their first game after a 5 days together.
it should work the other way around too, but it never seems to bother the SH sides too much in June



But actually it doesn’t work the other way round because the 6 nations finishes then there is a 2 or 3 month gap plus because of domestic tournaments many players aren’t released until a few days before the tour. If we went from the 6 nations straight into a competitive fixtures in the SH then ended our season then it would work the other way round.

What maybe we should have is finish our club seasons with Various finals in February or March then a 2 week gap to prep for 6 nations which are played without any domestic rugby in the background then head from the 6 nations to tour down south or play our autumn international fixtures here immediately after the 6 nations then the players take the rest of the year off till the start of the domestic season in September.

The point is in the south they have domestic followed by super rugby followed by championship followed by tour. It is a progressive build up that gives their sides the best possible prep. We battle between many masters meaning that players are never with their international sides uninterrupted and keep getting torn away for club / regional commitments.

Unless this is addressed NH sides will always be at a significant disadvantage

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Post Re: Global season
Remember when Brice Craig suggested separating international from club rugby seasons, well I think he was on the right idea.

My suggestion would be to be radical and have all internationals played in a 15 week season in August, September and October. I would also have a 4 year cycle of matches to keep different matches going on, so that England would play NZ and Wales would not play Aus as much.

Year 1)
Weeks 1-7 6N and RC
Week 8 rest week
Weeks 9-15 regional championships e.g. European, Pacific, Asia, Africa

Y2)
Weeks 1-7 6N and RC
Week 8 rest week
Weeks 9-15 Lions Tour

Y3)
Weeks 1-7 6N and RC
Week 8 rest week
Weeks 9-15 Champions Trophy (inter hemisphere match ups)

Y4)
Weeks 1-7 6N and RC
Week 8 rest week
Weeks 9-15 Rugby World Cup


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Post Re: Global season
I'd be in favor of changing our season altogether, start the season in April and finish it in November playing against the SH teams right after the 6 nations, which would be in September/October. Rugby is much better played in dryer condition's on firmer pitches, and I'm sure attendances would improve.
As mentioned above we are at a definite disadvantage against the SH teams whenever we play them.

Old farts and traditionalists would insist that thou shalt not move the 6 nations, and rugby must be played in cold wet and windy conditions, but I disagree.


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