New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen is sitting pretty at present. One year on from winning the World Cup, the All Blacks are still unbeaten in 2016 after whitewashing Wales in June, and beating a path through Australia, Argentina and South Africa in the Rugby Championship.
There has been a lot of talk about a switch to a global calendar of late, and the first casualty of the change would be the June tours.
However, speaking to the Daily Mail, Hansen has called for the introduction of two annual showdowns; the Rugby Championship winners will play the Six Nations champs, while the European Cup champions and Super Rugby winners will square off.
“‘It’s a no-brainer.
“You’ve got to say, ‘what’s best for our product so we can keep attracting people to come and watch it?’
“First, our players need a decent pre-season. You’d play club competitions simultaneously. We could have the European Cup winners play the Super Rugby winners and the Six Nations winners play the Rugby Championship winners. We need some goodwill to sort it out.”
To be fair, it is not a concept without its merits. Naturally, it will be tricky to draw up such a calendar, but these box office ties would surely prove extremely popular.