Premiership teams have recently suggested that the 6 Nations should be cut from 7 weeks to 5 – primarily because they lose a lot of their squad at a time when Premiership points, at both ends of the table, can be critical.
I suspect that the Pro12 and Top14 wouldn’t be that avers to it either – for exactly the same reason.
Last week Clive Woodward added his voice to the idea – although his reasoning was a little different –
The autumn internationals are often a 4 match series and they don’t have a gap – I’m not sure a ‘rest’ break is needed.
He also raised the question of promotion and relegation again –
“Let’s have a relegation play-off each season…Nobody should be immune from failure,” he insisted.
“It isn’t acceptable anymore that Georgia can win eight of the last nine European Nations championships yet be denied the chance to play-off for a place in the Six Nations.”
I think he has a point.