Premiership Rugby could end up at an impasse with the Six Nations for releasing players for Coronavirus-affected tests, as the agreement only concerns English players
- Ireland versus Italy has already been postponed and more cancellations are possible
- Premiership clubs are not required to release players who are not from England
- This allowed players like Italy flanker Jake Polledri to miss the matches
Premiership Rugby could end up in an impasse with the Six Nations for releasing players for Coronavirus Tests.
Six Nations leaders are meeting in Paris on Monday to discuss the situation and with more cancellations possible after the postponement of the Ireland-Italy match, there are not many weekends to fit in rescheduled tests.
If the weekend does not fall within the World Rugby test windows, Premiership clubs are not required to release Welsh, Irish, French, Italian or Scottish players.
Ireland’s Six Nations match with Italy has been postponed and more cancellations are possible
An attempt can be made to take place during the weekend for rescheduled tests
The Professional Game Agreement between the RFU and Premiership Rugby only allows the release of English players in the EPS team for each rescheduled date.
As a result, players such as Italy Flanker Jake Polledri could miss the games unless World Rugby made an emergency extension on Regulation 9.
The alternative option would be to play delayed games during the test windows later this year.
Premiership clubs are not required to release Welsh, Irish, French, Italian or Scottish players