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Premiership clubs put forward proposal to reduce Six Nations to five weeks

England's top clubs are seeking a reduction in the length of the RBS 6 Nations from seven to five weeks, Press Association Sport understands.

The tournament's committee to is to consider a proposal by the Aviva Premiership to remove the two fallow weekends, thereby freeing up space at the business end of their domestic and European season.

A potential start time for the new format has yet to be discussed and any change would align with the beginning of the new global season in 2020.

Should the proposal be approved, it would represent the biggest change to the Six Nations since Italy were admitted in 2000.

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