Rugby Calendar for 2021

With the remainder of 2020 likely to be needed to conclude unfinished tournaments, the Rugby Calendar for 2021 requires a bit of work. It’s a tricky prospect but I’ve had a stab at it. When you break down how many rounds need to be played for each tournament there is not a lot of wiggle room. Mindful of player welfare, I have attempted to include breaks where possible but as not every team will qualify for latter stages of tournaments such as the English Premiership and Pro 14 some players will more opportunity for breaks than others. Here is a brief summary followed by the full list:

  • Six Nations tournament remains in it’s traditional slot to allow for cross border competition to aid British and Irish Lions selection.
  • European Tournaments to run in the autumn AFTER the British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa. This allows for reasonable squad preparation time before the tour.
  • English Premiership has to run on some weekends of Six Nations fixtures.
  • Pro 14 changed to a Division 1 and 2 format, based on rankings for 2019/20, with a simplified Home and Away format, plus end of season playoffs.

KEY

Friday Date Saturday Date Sunday Date

England

Wales/Ireland/Scotland/Italy

France

New Zealand/South Africa/Australia/Argentina

January 2021

Friday 1st Saturday 2nd Sunday 3rd

English Premiership – Round 1

Pro 14 – Round 1

Top 14 – Round 1

Winter Break

 

Friday 8th Saturday 9th Sunday 10th

English Premiership – Round 2

Pro 14 – Round 2

Top 14 – Round 2

Winter Break

 

Friday 15th Saturday 16th Sunday 17th

English Premiership – Round 3

Pro 14 – Round 3

Top 14 – Round 3

Winter Break

 

Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd Sunday 24th

English Premiership – Round 4

Pro 14 – Round 4

Top 14 – Round 4

Winter Break

 

Friday 29th Saturday 30th Sunday 31st

English Premiership – Round 5

Pro 14 – Round 5

Top 14 – Round 5

Winter Break

IMG_0424February 2021

Friday 5th Saturday 6th Sunday 7th

Six Nations – Round 1

English Premiership – Round 6

Super Rugby – Round 1

 

Friday 12th Saturday 13th Sunday 14th

Six Nations – Round 2

English Premiership – Round 7

Super Rugby – Round 2

 

Friday 19th Saturday 20th Sunday 21st

English Premiership – Round 8

Pro 14 – Round 6

Top 14 – Round 6

Super Rugby – Round 3

 

Friday 26th Saturday 27th Sunday 28th

Six Nations – Round 3

English Premiership – Round 9

Super Rugby – Round 4

March 2021

Friday 5th Saturday 6th Sunday 7th

English Premiership – Round 10

Pro 14 – Round 7

Top 14 – Round 7

Super Rugby – Round 5

 

Friday 12th Saturday 13th Sunday 14th

Six Nations – Round 4

English Premiership – Round 11

Super Rugby – Round 6

 

Friday 19th Saturday 20th Sunday 21st

Six Nations – Round 5

Super Rugby – Round 7

 

Friday 26th Saturday 27th Sunday 28th

English Premiership – Round 12

Pro 14 – Round 8

Top 14 – Round 8

Super Rugby – Round 8

img_0376April 2021

Friday 2nd Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th

English Premiership – Round 13

Pro 14 – Round 9

Top 14 – Round 9

Super Rugby – Round 9

 

Friday 9th Saturday 10th Sunday 11th

English Premiership – Round 14

Pro 14 – Round 10

Top 14 – Round 10

Super Rugby – Round 10

 

Friday 16th Saturday 17th Sunday 18th

English Premiership – Round 15

Pro 14 – Round 11

Top 14 – Round 11

Super Rugby – Round 11

 

Friday 23rd Saturday 24th Sunday 25th

English Premiership – Round 16

Pro 14 – Round 12

Top 14 – Round 12

Super Rugby – Round 12

May 2021

Friday 30th Saturday 1st Sunday 2nd

English Premiership – Round 17

Pro 14 – Round 13

Top 14 – Round 13

Super Rugby – Round 13

 

Friday 7th Saturday 8th Sunday 9th

English Premiership – Round 18

Pro 14 – Round 14

Top 14 – Round 14

Super Rugby – Round 14

 

Friday 14th Saturday 15th Sunday 16th

English Premiership – Round 19

Pro 14 – Round 15

Top 14 – Round 15

Super Rugby – Round 15

 

Friday 21st Saturday 22nd Sunday 23rd

English Premiership – Round 20

Pro 14 – Round 16

Top 14 – Round 16

Super Rugby – Round 16

 

Friday 28th Saturday 29th Sunday 30th

English Premiership – Round 21

Pro 14 – Semi Finals

Top 14 – Round 17

Super Rugby – Round 17

June 2021

Friday 4th Saturday 5th Sunday 6th

English Premiership – Round 22

Pro 14 – Final

Top 14 – Round 18

Super Rugby – Round 18

 

Friday 11th Saturday 12th Sunday 13th

English Premiership – Semi Finals

British and Irish Lions Training Camp

Top 14 – Round 19

Super Rugby – Playoff Round

 

Friday 18th Saturday 18th Sunday 20th

English Premiership – Final

British and Irish Lions Training Camp

Top 14 – Round 25

Super Rugby – Semi Finals

 

Friday 25th Saturday 26th Sunday 27th

British and Irish Lions

Training Camp

Top 14 – Round 26

Super Rugby – Final

IMG_0551July 2021

Friday 2nd Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th
 

DHL Stormers v

British and Irish Lions

   

Top 14 – Quarter Finals

Break

 

Friday 9th Saturday 10th Sunday 11th
 

Cell C Sharks v

British and Irish Lions

 
   

Top 14 – Semi Finals

Break

 

Friday 16th Saturday 17th Sunday 18th
 

Vodacom Bulls v

British and Irish Lions

 
   

Top 14 – Final

Break

 

Friday 23rd Saturday 24th Sunday 25th
 

Springboks v

British and Irish Lions

 
   

France Summer Tour

International fixtures

 

Friday 30th Saturday 31st Sunday 1st
 

Springboks v

British and Irish Lions

 
   

France Summer Tour

International fixtures

NZ FRAAugust 2021

Friday 6th Saturday 7th Sunday 8th
 

Springboks v

British and Irish Lions

 
   

France Summer Tour

International fixtures

 

Friday 13th Saturday 14th Sunday 15th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 1

Rugby Championship – Round 1

 

Friday 20th Saturday 21st Sunday 22nd

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 2

Rugby Championship – Round 2

 

Friday 27th Saturday 28th Sunday 29th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 3

Rugby Championship – Break

September 2021

Friday 3rd Saturday 4th Sunday 5th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Break

Rugby Championship – Round 3

 

Friday 10th Saturday 11th Sunday 12th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 4

Rugby Championship – Round 4

 

Friday 17th Saturday 18th Sunday 19th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 5

Rugby Championship – Round 5

 

Friday 24th Saturday 25th Sunday 26th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 6

Rugby Championship – Round 4

October 2021

Friday 1st Saturday 2nd Sunday 3rd

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Break

Rugby Championship – Break

 

Friday 8th Saturday 9th Sunday 10th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Quarter Finals

Rugby Championship – Round 5

 

Friday 15th Saturday 16th Sunday 17th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Semi Finals

Rugby Championship – Round 6

 

Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd Sunday 24th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Finals

Break

img_0060November 2021

Friday 5th Saturday 6th Sunday 7th

Autumn Internationals

 

Friday 12th Saturday 13th Sunday 14th

Autumn Internationals

 

Friday 19th Saturday 20th Sunday 21st

Autumn Internationals

 

Friday 26th Saturday 27th Sunday 28th

Autumn Internationals

December 2021

Friday 3rd Saturday 4th Sunday 5th

Winter Break

 

Friday 10th Saturday 11th Sunday 12th

Winter Break

 

Friday 17th Saturday 18th Sunday 19th

Winter Break

 

Friday 24th Saturday 25th Sunday 26th

Winter Break

Admittedly, it does look like a brutal year for the very top players of successful clubs. But this format would keep the dates already earmarked for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, allow the southern hemisphere season to be played out as usual and finish the season with some Autumn internationals for revenue.

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