McCaw backs global season
Wellington - All Black great Richie McCaw and Irish flyhalf Jonny Sexton have urged rugby leaders to move the June internationals and adopt an integrated global season to improve player welfare and safeguard the future of the game. The pair threw their weight behind a proposal by the International Rugby Players' Association (IRPA) to make the changes for the 2016 season that would help all Test playing nations to pick their best players. The IRPA want to move the June test window back to the end of July, allowing the Southern Hemisphere-based players to finish the Super Rugby club season, while those in Europe would start their domestic campaigns later, possibly October.
Sexton, who started all three Tests in the British and Irish Lions' recent Test series win over Australia, agreed. "We see this initiative as beneficial for the global game," the flyhalf said.
Calendar complaints have been a long-standing issue in rugby, coupled with the growing demands on players through increased physicality and number of matches. Currently, European countries tour Southern Hemisphere sides in June with return matches held in November and December.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24