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New Zealand Rugby Chief Contradicts BBC Regarding Rugby Calendar Changes

New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew has poured cold water over suggestions that the June internationals of a World Cup season could be scrapped.

Under the current structures, the northern hemisphere sides keep the revenue gained from the November internationals, and the southern hemisphere sides act likewise for the summer tours.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 23:  Fireworks light up the sky during the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup Final match between France and New Zealand at Eden Park on October 23, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

However, if the June series were to be scrapped, as was suggested by the BBC yesterday, then the southern hemisphere sides would be out of pocket.

“We’ve got good conversations underway and we all know we need to make some changes. There is no perfect answer but the key thing is it won’t be agreed until it is all agreed,” Tew said to Stuff.co.nz.

“There is no agreement until we’ve agreed the whole package. Talking about one set of June internationals being dropped – and there is no agreement on that issue – is not helpful because it is just one part of a very complex conversation.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15:  (L-R) Kieran Read, Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu of the All Blacks perform the haka  during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

“It’s well underway and there are some options being considered – some of them get aired in the media, some of them don’t,” Tew said. “I’ll wait until we get to a point where we can explain the whole package because if you take bits it gets out of context and looks like there are bigger winners and losers than if you have the whole story.

“That’s the goal but I’m long past worrying about deadlines being arbitrarily set and not met.”

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