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All Blacks could go it alone with global season




All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has agreed with New Zealand Rugby Union’s chief executive Steve Tew in saying that the All Blacks could go it alone and agree their own tests.

Currently World Rugby arrange the All Blacks Test schedule but no matches have been scheduled beyond 2020.

Tew says that when this arrangement ends in 2020 the NZRU will keep it’s promise and will reserve their right to negotiate individual test matches.

There is support across the board for a global season but tournaments will have to be moved to accomodate the move which is the stumbling block.

Hansen says that the global season is a possibility the NZRU negotiating their own Tests makes sense from an All Blacks perspective.

“Every year, we’re getting asked to play extra games,” Hansen Newstalk ZB.

“Tewie is right on the money. If we organise our own games, I’m sure we’ll get plenty of Northern Hemisphere takers who will to play us. They fill their stadiums when we play and they make a lot of money.”

Hansen hasn’t ruled out the global season going ahead but admits that they will ever get an ideal domestic and international season but says everyone will benefit if they work together.

“It just needs a willingness for everyone to look at it,” he said.

“Everyone will have to make some slight adjustments.”

Last month England’s RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said that as the Six Nations has a great TV deal and has sold out stadiums there is reluctance to move the tournament.

Moving the Six Nations could place it in a window which conflicts with other tournaments in other codes which impact on revenues.

Hansen however said that Ritchie’s comments does not mean that the global season won’t happen.

“Just because the England CEO said, “Why do we need to change?,” I wouldn’t read that there isn’t a growing desire to actually have a global season,” Hansen said.

“We just need to get the right people in the room with the right mindset.”

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