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Historic announcement on global rugby calendar

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allblacks.com     17 Mar 2017     Getty

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) Chief Executive Steve Tew said the 2020-2032 international schedule secured a long-coveted July window for northern team tours to the southern hemisphere. The move from June to July paves the way for an uninterrupted Investec Super Rugby season.

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“National unions have worked hard to agree this calendar which gives us great long term certainty around our international fixtures.

“This is an excellent outcome for New Zealand with Super Rugby able to run without the disruptive June break, and provides the optimum preparation for the July international window.

“This has been an important piece of work which also takes into account the welfare of players, development and advancement opportunities for Tier 2 nations, and an exciting programme of Test rugby.”

“We now have certainty with a 10 year programme of July tours already agreed including three British and Irish Lions series," Tew said.

Tew said the increase in matches between top and second-tier nations will provide a huge boost to the global game while ensuring the game stays in a healthy financial state.

"We've got a bunch of emerging nations and they need some regular football at the highest level, but at the same time the nations at that highest level now need to play each other to drive the revenue to keep their players secure. So we've found a happy balance I think."

Read the full announcement from World Rugby here.