He told the New Zealand Press Association from Dublin that the International Rugby Board had the issue high on the agenda for itsmeeting there over the next six days.
New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have been largely unitedover recent years in their desire for a global season where the windowsfor provincial competitions, tests and tours coincide around the world. "What we're now getting is a dialogue on this," Mollersaid.
"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'ssomething that can be improved in the best interests of rugby for both thenorthern and
The southern hemisphere wants visits from northern hemisphereunions moved from June to August. "Doing that would create many more options for us in terms ofthe size and format of Super rugby."
A global season would free up space for a return to internationaltours, or even a two-yearly Nine-Nations championship. That concept, first mooted last year by former Australian RugbyUnion boss John O'Neill, would involve the teams from the Six-Nations andTri-Nations forming a larger tournament comprising three pools of three.
AFP - 2004.