A Statement on behalf of the Six Nations committee
16 October 2003 10:37am
The Six Nations Committee has agreed that no "A" matches will be played during the 2004 season.
Certain Unions have recently indicated that, largely for financial reason, they would not be fielding an ÃƒÂ¢??AÃƒÂ¢?Ã'Â team during the coming season. Despite the wish of the remaining Unions to continue, it was eventually recognised and agreed unanimously that a suspension of ÃƒÂ¢??AÃƒÂ¢?Ã'Â team matches was the sensible approach.
The Committee remains committed to international competition below full national team level, and the Under 21 tournament in particular, is recognised as an essential element of the season. However, a full review of the future of the ÃƒÂ¢??AÃƒÂ¢?Ã'Â team and other sub full national team matches will be undertaken during the coming months to determine what continuing part they have within the international rugby calendar.