Proposed Rugby Calendar for 2022

Continuing the discussion regarding the professional rugby calendar for 2021, which I posted a few days ago, and a revamp of the Pro 14 tournament that I also proposed, I thought I would attempt to demonstrate how a global calendar could be possible. It’s not easy but is possible.

The idea is to have tournaments play out, making the season easier to follow. There would also be a progression of competitiveness and intensity from domestic competition and concluding with international matches.

  • 2022 Professional season runs from February to November. The grass roots game continues to run from August/September to April/May. Minis and Junior rugby enjoy a winter break during December and January.
  • The season should be structured to follow progression of competition (Domestic, European, Six Nations, Autumn Internationals) with no overlap of tournaments, allowing for clarity for teams, players and supporters.
  • Top 14 starts in the first week in January, with the English Premiership and Irish/Welsh/Scottish/Italian domestic competition at the end of the month.
  • Given the weeks allocated to domestic rugby the English Premiership and Top 14 will need to drop their end of season play off system from 2022.
  • European Champions/Challenge Cup played after the northern hemisphere summer tours to the south.
  • Six Nations pushed to the autumn and played following the completion of European competition.
  • 2022 season culminates with the southern hemisphere tours of the northern hemisphere.
  • Following the changes of competitions during 2020 the Super Rugby AU competition could continue in Australia and run concurrently with the Mitre 10 tournament in New Zealand.
  • Grass roots rugby can continue with the current schedule (September to May). For example, in Wales traditional Christmas and New Year derbies will now feature Welsh Premiership rivalries, such as Pontypridd v Merthyr, Cardiff v Newport and Swansea v Llanelli, boosting interest in local, rather than professional, rugby during the festive period.

This is my proposal for how the rugby calendar could run in 2022 given the teams and competitions currently in place for 2020.

KEY

Friday Date Saturday Date Sunday Date

England

Wales/Ireland/Scotland/Italy

France

New Zealand/South Africa/Australia/Argentina

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January 2022

Friday 31st Saturday 1st Sunday 2nd

Winter Break

Winter Break

Top 14 – Round 1

Winter Break

 

Friday 7th Saturday 8th Sunday 9th

Winter Break

Winter Break

Top 14 – Round 2

Winter Break

 

Friday 14th Saturday 15th Sunday 16th

Winter Break

Winter Break

Top 14 – Round 3

Winter Break

 

Friday 21st Saturday 22nd Sunday 23rd

Winter Break

Winter Break

Top 14 – Round 4

Winter break

 

Friday 28th Saturday 29th Sunday 30th

English Premiership – Round 1

Welsh, Irish and Scottish/Italian Domestic Tournament – Round 1

Top 14 – Round 5

Winter Break

February 2022

Friday 4th Saturday 5th Sunday 6th

English Premiership – Round 2

Welsh, Irish and Scottish/Italian Domestic Tournament – Round 2

Top 14 – Round 6

Super Rugby – Round 1

 

Friday 11th Saturday 12th Sunday 13th

English Premiership – Round 3

Welsh, Irish and Scottish/Italian Domestic Tournament – Round 3

Top 14 – Round 7

Super Rugby – Round 2

 

Friday 18th Saturday 19th Sunday 20th

English Premiership – Round 4

Welsh, Irish and Scottish/Italian Domestic Tournament – Round 4

Top 14 – Round 8

Super Rugby – Round 3

 

Friday 25th Saturday 26th Sunday 27th

English Premiership – Round 5

Welsh, Irish and Scottish/Italian Domestic Tournament – Round 5

Top 14 – Round 9

Super Rugby – Round 4

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March 2022

Friday 4th Saturday 5th Sunday 6th

English Premiership – Round 6

Welsh, Irish and Scottish/Italian Domestic Tournament – Round 6

Top 14 – Round 10

Super Rugby – Round 5

 

Friday 11th Saturday 12th Sunday 13th

English Premiership – Round 7

Pro 14 – Round 1

Top 14 – Round 11

Super Rugby – Round 6

 

Friday 18th Saturday 19th Sunday 20th

English Premiership – Round 8

Pro 14 – Round 2

Top 14 – Round 12

Super Rugby – Round 7

 

Friday 25th Saturday 26th Sunday 27th

English Premiership – Round 9

Pro 14 – Round 3

Top 14 – Round 13

Super Rugby – Round 8

April 2022

Friday 1st Saturday 2nd Sunday 3rd

English Premiership – Round 10

Pro 14 – Round 4

Top 14 – Round 14

Super Rugby – Round 9

 

Friday 8th Saturday 9th Sunday 10th

English Premiership – Round 11

Pro 14 – Round 5

Top 14 – Round 15

Super Rugby – Round 10

 

Friday 15th Saturday 16th Sunday 17th

English Premiership – Round 12

Pro 14 – Round 6

Top 14 – Round 16

Super Rugby – Round 11

 

Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd Sunday 24th

English Premiership – Round 13

Pro 14 – Round 7

Top 14 – Round 17

Super Rugby – Round 12

 

Friday 29th Saturday 30th Sunday 1st

English Premiership – Round 14

Pro 14 – Round 8

Top 14 – Round 18

Super Rugby – Round 13

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May 2022

Friday 6th Saturday 7th Sunday 8th

English Premiership – Round 15

Pro 14 – Round 9

Top 14 – Round 19

Super Rugby – Round 14

 

Friday 13th Saturday 14th Sunday 15th

English Premiership – Round 16

Pro 14 – Round 10

Top 14 – Round 20

Super Rugby – Round 15

 

Friday 20th Saturday 21st Sunday 22nd

English Premiership – Round 17

Pro 14 – Round 11

Top 14 – Round 21

Super Rugby – Round 16

 

Friday 27th Saturday 28th Sunday 29th

English Premiership – Round 18

Pro 14 – Round 12

Top 14 – Round 22

Super Rugby – Round 17

PRO14June 2022

Friday 3rd Saturday 4th Sunday 5th

English Premiership – Round 19

Pro 14 – Round 13

Top 14 – Round 23

Super Rugby – Round 18

 

Friday 10th Saturday 11th Sunday 12th

English Premiership – Round 20

Pro 14 – Round 14

Top 14 – Round 24

Super Rugby – Playoff Round

 

Friday 17th Saturday 18th Sunday 19th

English Premiership – Round 21

Pro 14 – Semi Finals

Top 14 – Round 25

Super Rugby – Semi Finals

 

Friday 24th Saturday 25th Sunday 26th

English Premiership – Round 22

Pro 14 – Final

Top 14 – Round 26

Super Rugby – Final

img_0059July 2022

Friday 1st Saturday 2nd Sunday 3rd

Summer Tour (First Test)

 

Friday 8th Saturday 9th Sunday 10th

Summer Tour (Second Test)

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 1

 

Friday 15th Saturday 16th Sunday 17th

Summer Tour (Third Test)

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 2

 

Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd Sunday 24th

Break

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 3

 

Friday 29th Saturday 30th Sunday 31st

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 1

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 4

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Friday 5th Saturday 6th Sunday 7th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 2

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 5

 

Friday 12th Saturday 13th Sunday 14th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 3

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 6

 

Friday 19th Saturday 20th Sunday 21st

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 4

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 7

 

Friday 26th Saturday 27th Sunday 30th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 5

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 8

September 2022

Friday 2nd Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Round 6

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 9

Friday 9th Saturday 10th Sunday 11th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Quarter Finals

Mitre 10 Cup/Super Rugby AU – Round 10

Friday 16th Saturday 17th Sunday 18th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Semi Finals

Rugby Championship – Round 1

 

Friday 23rd Saturday 24th Sunday 25th

European Champions/Challenge Cup – Finals

Mitre 10 Cup – Semi-finals, Rugby Championship – Round 2

imageOctober 2022

Friday 30th Saturday 1st Sunday 2nd

Six Nations – Round 1

Mitre 10 Cup – Finals, Rugby Championship – Break

 

Friday 7th Saturday 8th Sunday 9th

Six Nations – Round 2

Rugby Championship – Round 3

 

Friday 14th Saturday 15th Sunday 16th

Six Nations – Round 3

Rugby Championship – Round 4

 

Friday 21st Saturday 22nd Sunday 23rd

Six Nations – Break

Rugby Championship – Break

 

Friday 28th Saturday 29th Sunday 30th

Six Nations – Round 4

Rugby Championship – Round 5

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Friday 4th Saturday 5th Sunday 6th

Six Nations – Round 5

Rugby Championship – Round 6

 

Friday 11th Saturday 12th Sunday 13th

Break/Optional Autumn International

 

Friday 18th Saturday 19th Sunday 20th

Autumn Internationals

 

Friday 25th Saturday 26th Sunday 27th

Autumn Internationals

img_0318December 2022

Friday 2nd Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th

Autumn Internationals

 

Friday 9th Saturday 10th Sunday 11th

Winter Break

 

Friday 16th Saturday 17th Sunday 18th

Winter Break

 

Friday 23rd Saturday 24th Sunday 25th

Winter Break

 

Friday 30th Saturday 31st Sunday 1st

Winter Break

Winter Break

Top 14 – Round 1

Winter Break

This is just my idea and, although radical in some respects, does show that a proper global rugby calendar can be achieved. It can make the season simpler to follow, none of the issues of “which competition are we playing in this week?”

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