Getty ImagesThe Six Nations, European rugby union's premier national team competition, could be played as a home-and-away tournament next season if the coronavirus pandemic prevents this year's autumn internationals going ahead as planned. Bill Sweeney, chief executive of the English Rugby Football Union (RFU), remains optimistic it will still be possible for England to play planned Tests against New Zealand, Tonga, Australia and Argentina in November, but said several contingency plans were under discussion, including an expansion of the Six Nations to fill the void. “The preference from both the north and the south is that the original programme will go ahead,” Sweeney said. “But of course that’s driven a lot by international travel restrictions so both [the north and south] are developing back-up contingency plans. “There are two or three different options we could go ahead with that feature more northern hemisphere competition around that autumn window. “One of them if you’d play a Six Nations tournament in that autumn that would combine with fixtures next year and for the first time ever you’d have home and away.
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