10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
SANZAR supports the continued growth of the European Rugby Cup and would not take any actions that could undermine the competition.
Like the IRB, SANZAR recognises that professional rugby is not only about the international game and that club, provincial and regional cross-border competitions are an integral and important part of the Rugby calendar and promote, foster and develop the Game.
However, such competitions have to be played under the governance of National Unions as part of the wider, long term vision for the Game. SANZAR views as paramount the sovereignty of National Unions in the administration of Rugby to ensure its evolution is healthy and robust and that the essential financial platform continues to be built.
The National Unions are the only bodies set up to govern the Game at all levels, from the community level up, within their respective territories. Any watering down of this position only serves to threaten the strong status of Rugby internationally.
The statement was issued today by Gary Flowers, CEO of SANZAR