Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has warned that Australian Super Rugby teams will need a five week mid-season break next June due to the British and Irish Lions tour by saying anything less would be "a recipe for disaster."
Deans has insisted that anything less than proper preparation for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour next June and July would negligent and a recipe for disaster.
Australian Rugby Union (ARU)Boss John O'Neill revealed on Friday that the 2013 Super Rugby tournament could return from it's break for the June Internationals without the Australian teams for a week.
In 2012 Super Rugby paused for three weeks for the firsty tim in history to allow the June Internationals to be played.
The ARU scheduled a Test match on a Tuesday night which is three days after some players had played Super Rugby and four days before their first Test against Wales.
A handful of players had just one or two runs with their national teammates before the match in Newcastle which Australia lost 6-9. Scotland had not won in Australia for 30 years.
Following that result Deans says that Australia could not afford a repetition next year.
"That would obviously be a recipe for disaster," Deans told AAP.
"It (the Lions series) is an important moment in every rugby player's life - once in every 12 years they get this opportunity.
"We need to do the right thing by the playing group and ensure that they get the preparation that's required to win.
"Anything short of that is negligence."
Deans said that the Lions already had an advantage from preparation perspective, as they could play up to seven matches before the first Test.
"They've got a great run - we've just got to ensure that we don't compromise," Deans said.
ARU Boss O'Neill said that they had already started negotiations with their partners in South African and New Zealand about the scheduling and he was very confident of achieving a compromise.
"The window here in Australia needs to be wider than it necessarily will be for South Africa and New Zealand, because we have the Lions arriving early June and they are here till early July," O'Neill told AAP.
"We need not a three-week window - we need a five-week window. "
"It means South Africa and New Zealand could well resume Super Rugby without us and play their derbies."
The Lions will play nine matches next year in Australia between June 5 and July 6 next year and they will play all five Super Rugby franchises.
Deans missed out on playing the British and Irish Lions in a Test but he did play against them for Canterbury in Christchurch 29 years ago and scored 18 points in their 22-18 victory over the Lions.
"I don't want to talk about that - the team got 22 (points)," said a typically-modest Deans.