Exclusive: Six Nations 'open' to moving from traditional start date to synchronise global calendar

The Six Nations may be moved from its traditional window of February and March to allow it to take place at the same time as the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship as part of a radical overhaul of the global calendar, Telegraph Sport can reveal. A proposal that would make the Six Nations and Rugby Championship play at the same time during March and April is also gaining support given that it would minimise the overlap between the international and club games. Sir Bill Beaumont, who has just been re-elected as chairman of World Rugby, had said last week that the Six Nations would not be expected to move from its traditional window as part of future negotiations but, significantly, a delayed start has not been dismissed out of hand by the member unions. With the Top 14 league not able to be completed because of France’s ban on sporting events until September, European Professional Club Rugby is considering an expansion of the tournament from 20 to 24 teams to compensate for qualifying issues.