By Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:00 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 22:00 GMT, 5 November 2020
Six Nations bosses will consider moving the tournament from its traditional Spring slot if government bailouts are not sufficient as they wise up to the 'inevitability' of the competition moving behind a pay-wall.
The RFU and their counterparts at the Irish, Welsh and Scottish unions are all expecting state help to survive the financial havoc the Covid crisis is wreaking.
But with England now back in lockdown and no fans anticipated for the foreseeable future discussions are ongoing about shifting rugby's oldest championship to secure the income it brings.
The Six Nations is at risk of being moved from its traditional spring spot amid covid uncertainty
Without crowds during the Six Nations the RFU expect to miss out more than £60m of revenue during the tournament.
And new Wales CEO Steve Phillips revealed they would give up £13.5m without supporters for their England and Ireland home games.
So if those black holes cannot be filled by government money, the tournament may have to be moved.
'We have posed the question, "should we move the Six Nations?" Phillips told Sportsmail.
The RFU stand to miss out around £60m if fans are not allowed into stadiums next year
'Everyone has shown great agility in changing things. They did move the Olympics by a year, which is quite a thing to do, so why would you not look at it?
'Going from 100 per cent, as we've always known it, to zero would mean we miss out on £13.5million. That does become uncomfortable.
'Are governments across it? Our