Six Nations issue statement on “4 Nations” competition

Six Nations issue statement on “4 Nations” competition

The Six Nations has released a statement calling out the 'inaccurate' media speculation relating to the staging of a “4 Nations” competition in November that would exclude France and Italy.

This comes after the Rugby Paper issued a report that England and Wales plan to finalise fixtures for an emergency Four Nations tournament in response to rugby's worsening global crisis.

The final round of the 2020 Six Nations along with Italy’s visit to Ireland was postponed in March, but the organizers say they are committed to completing the tournament this year.

In the statement, Six Nations said: “Six Nations, together with its constituent unions and federations, is fully committed to completing the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship and hopes to stage postponed matches later this year.

“In exploring rescheduling options, the health and safety of players, associated staff and of course supporters is our number one priority and any rescheduled matches will be subject to government guidance and to travel restrictions between countries. 

“Six Nations remains in close contact with all relevant authorities to ensure these matches can take place in a safe environment. 

“Six Nations and its constituent unions and federations continue to work closely with World Rugby, the southern hemisphere unions and all other rugby stakeholders on contingency plans regarding autumn Internationals and the recently impacted summer tours. 

“The current situation is fluid and fast-changing with countries at different stages in battling this pandemic. We anticipate it will take a few more weeks before the situation becomes clearer and we can present more definitive options in which to resume activity.”

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