A delayed start by a week to the Six Nations tournament for England and France are amongst the several proposals planned by the Rugby Football Union ahead of the global calendar that will be in place from 2020.
Referee Wayne Barnes believes the unfamiliarity of the Southern Hemisphere teams over the new laws that are being trialled in Europe will provide England and other Northen Hemisphere teams with a slight edge.
England coach Eddie Jones stated that Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi will be assessed in the coming weeks to determine his chances of featuring in the autumn internationals following his latest disciplinary setback.
Toka Natua scored a hat-trick of tries while full-back Selica Winiata contributed with a brace as New Zealand completed a 32-41 win over England in Belfast to lift the Women's World Cup title for the fifth time.
Defending champions England and New Zealand will face each other in the final of the 2017 Women's World Cup after they emerged victorious in the semi-final clashes against France and USA respectively in Belfast on Tuesday.