French clubs in legal fight against World Rugby over extended autumn Test schedule for 2020 Six Nations and emergency ‘Eight Nations’
- Governing body have agreed an international window in October and December
- It means clubs will lose their players between October 25 and December 5
- French clubs are livid at World Rugby’s ratification of this extended window
Rugby’s club versus country war shows no signs of abating after French clubs started legal proceedings against World Rugby over the autumn Test schedule.
On Thursday the governing body confirmed there would be an international window in October and December in order to complete the 2020 Six Nations and play an emergency ‘Eight Nations’ tournament.
It means clubs will lose their players between October 25 and December 5 – which for the English Premiership means stars missing three rounds of next season.
England are set to play in a new autumn international tournament to make up for their original scrapped schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic
The French clubs are livid at World Rugby’s ratification of this extended autumn window, so much so they believed to be legally challenging it.
It is understood the Top 14 clubs – under their organisation Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) – sent a letter to World Rugby threatening legal action over the loss of their players.
Under World Rugby regulation 9 clubs must release players for international duty so the likes of Racing 92 No 10 Finn Russell would have to go to Scotland for almost two months.
The French move is another shot across the bows of World Rugby in the constant battle for control over the top players.
As Sportsmail has reported this week England are set to play the Barbarians, Italy, Fiji, Ireland, Wales and one other Test this autumn.
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