Could Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship run simultaneously this year?
That's the far-reaching idea proposed by SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos to keep both competitions alive in 2020.
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the rugby calendar into disarray forcing the game's gatekeepers to think ou side the box.
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Marinos told Newshub that having the two competitions running in parallel with each other could work.
"Could you be playing the Rugby Championship at the same time as a domestic competition?" Marinos told Newshub.
"It's not trying to rubbish one for the other, it's how do we get a sensible solution in what may be a restricted time frame?"
In this scenario, Super Rugby sides would play without their international players during Rugby Championship test match windows.
"Logic would suggest if there is an ability to create like what we've seen with the NRL around a bubble, if it's all in one location it seems a bit easier."
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the four countries that compete in the Rugby Championship – New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina – have prioritised test rugby over resuming Super Rugby.
The report suggests Sanzaar is weighing up a "quick fire, six-week competition in one country, and likely one state or city", with Australia being a strong candidate due to its more lenient pandemic measures compared to New Zealand and relatively low rates of infection compared to countries like South Africa.
Australia is also the geographical middle ground with Perth reportedly being an ideal location for any proposed competition because of its time zone.
Rugby Australia's general manager of professional services Ben Whitaker told the Sydney Morning Herald that getting test rugby started was a priority for Sanzaar.
"There is definitely a collective commitment to prioritising test match footy," Whitaker, who has been in discussions with other Sanzaar nations, said.
"But we are also committed to community safety, first and foremost. We roll off the back of that. But we are ready with different formats. Hopefully that's sooner rather than later."
Whitaker also said there are still hopes for a resumption of Super Rugby.
"The other thing we are committed to is trying to get some Super Rugby played as well," he said. "As you squeeze towards the back end of the year, you have to have various models to handle that."
New Zealand Rugby later responded to the report saying no decision has been made on any proposed competition yet.
"New Zealand Rugby is reviewing a range of competition options, both domestically and internationally, for when rugby is able to resume," Chief Executive Mark Robinson said in a statement.
"However nothing has been decided and any decisions will be made in alignment with advice from the Government. At this stage any competition options are purely speculative."
Another report in South African newspaper Rapport revealed that the Springboks believe the Rugby Championship will start in August or September.
However, the Australian report played down that suggestion with travel restrictions still likely to be in place for the foreseeable future.
The Rugby Championship was scheduled to begin on August 8, with the All Blacks facing the Wallabies in Melbourne and the Springboks taking on the Pumas in Johannesburg.