4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
He told the New Zealand Press Association from Dublin that the International Rugby Board had the issue high on the agenda for its meeting there over the next six days.
New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have been largely united over recent years in their desire for a global season where the windows for provincial competitions, tests and tours coincide around the world. "What we're now getting is a dialogue on this," Moller said.
"We're very encouraged, as are a number of other nations, that there is a strong willingness to look at this issue and see whether there's something that can be improved in the best interests of rugby for both the northern and southern hemisphere."
The southern hemisphere wants visits from northern hemisphere unions moved from June to August. "Doing that would create many more options for us in terms of the size and format of Super rugby."
A global season would free up space for a return to international tours, or even a two-yearly Nine-Nations championship. That concept, first mooted last year by former Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill, would involve the teams from the Six-Nations and Tri-Nations forming a larger tournament comprising three pools of three.
AFP - 2004.