After a disrupted 2020 edition which will be concluded in the fall, will the 6 Nations Tournament have to adapt again to the health context? Scheduled from February 6 to March 20, the 2021 edition of the event could see its dates turned upside down. In fact, faced with the economic difficulties of the federations, the 6 Nations Committee is already considering changing the date of the Tournament with a single goal: to allow spectators to return to the stadiums aisles and, thus, generate a maximum of income during the days. match. Indeed, the English Rugby Federation has already forecast a loss exceeding 150 million euros if spectators could not fill the stands at Twickenham next spring.
Morel: “The supporters have to come back”
Recently interviewed by the British daily The Times, the general manager of the 6 Nations Tournament Benjamin Morel confided that all possibilities are open regarding the 2021 edition. “We must look at everything now. The supporters have to come back. We are not about to announce that we are doing this, but it is one of the options that exists, replied the French to the question of a change of dates to facilitate the return of spectators. It is not easy and there would be no guarantee that the situation would be better. I wish I could argue that moving the 6 Nations Tournament would solve all this, but that’s not possible to say. “Faced with a very fluid and uncertain health context, measures will undoubtedly have to be taken at the last moment. This should not necessarily please the federations, already in difficulty economically.