Here are your rugby morning headlines for Tuesday May 26.

Huge 'don't tinker' warning given to Six Nations

Six Nations and World Rugby bosses have been warned not to tinker with the tournament amid mounting speculation of significant change.

The Irish Times suggest there is talk of the format changing to a proper home and away competition next season, with sides playing five games on their own turf and five on their travels.

Talks are also heavily underway for the Six Nations to move to a new April slot in order to be played at the same time as the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship as part of a global calendar change.

But there are strong calls in Ireland for rugby's powerbrokers to leave the 'golden goose of European rugby' alone.

Under a headline 'Home and away Six Nations could be its ruination', the Irish Times say a proven successful formula for fans and broadcasters should not be tinkered with too much.

Changes are being mooted with revenue streams needing to be increased to cope with the financial crisis affecting the sport from the coronavirus pandemic.

This includes the prospect of an extra Six Nations this autumn, to compensate for a potential lack of traditional November Tests.

But the Irish Times say: "Suddenly making it a home-and-away tournament in the 2020-21 season, or shoehorning in an ‘extra’ Six Nations on top of the four re-arranged games from the 2020 tournament, would provide complications for either the season’s fixture list or, potentially, the biennial itinerary.

"Looking further ahead, the Six Nations and SANZAR are also looking into running their two flagship competitions simultaneously as a means of achieving the oft-mooted global calendar.

"Historically, the Six Nations ensures that rugby is sport’s main post-January pick-me-up and commands the kind of attention it might not be guaranteed to achieve in another, more competitive time of the year. Moving the tournament away from its early February to mid-March slot would be a hugely significant change in its own right.

"That really could be too much tampering in its own right. Certainly making it into a home-and-away tournament ultimately could be its ruination.

"Not alone does it run the risk of being too much of a good thing, but (presuming sell-out crowds are permissible again one day) five away matches would assuredly diminish the numbers of travelling supporters and thus deny the Six Nations one of its unique, and best traits."

Arguing the Six Nations needs to look at the Rugby Championship "as a cautionary tale", the paper goes on "The increased quantity of the tournament has come at the expense of its quality."

Jones to mirror Jose on touchline

England boss Eddie Jones wants to do a Jose Mourinho and start patrolling the touchline during games.

Mourinho has become famous for running up and down the line, particularly when his team scores, and Jones feels a move from the traditional coaches' box high up in the stands would suit him better.

He believes being closer to the action would benefit the England players as he could bark orders at them.

.Jones told an RFU podcast: “Ideally, if you could, you would do the first half in the stand to look at the patterns of play, what tactically are they trying to do and where can you expose them in the second half, which a lot of times is more about emotion, digging deep and you could bring some value on the side of the pitch.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is having a tough time
Jose Mourinho in typically demonstrative fashion on the touchline

“I was lucky enough when I coached in Japan to coach on the side of the pitch and you could definitely have an influence on certain teams. You see that with football managers.

“Having that balance of being able to get how the game is evolving and then bring something to the emotional side of the game could make it quite interesting.”

Wallabies warned of Wales style collapse

Australia have been warned they face a Wales-style decade in the rugby wilderness.

The two times world champions are in a mess on and off the pitch and have been badly hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

And former Ireland boss Eddie O'Sullivan has told the Irish media he anticipates a Wallaby sporting recession to follow the economic one.

O'Sullivan cites Wales' dramatic fall from the 1970s as an analogy, with years at the top followed by years in the wilderness.

Fearing for Australia fans, O'Sullivan said: “The figures they’ve released this year are frightening. I’m not saying they’ll disappear off the map as a team but they could be staring into a decade like the one France are just coming out of.

"Rather than continuing to be one of the world’s traditionally strong sides, their form could just dip alarmingly.

"This sort of thing has happened before. Wales in the ‘80s were a heck of a lot different to Wales in the ‘70s.

"More recently, France fell apart after the 2011 World Cup. The same thing happened to Biarritz in club rugby, to Leeds United in soccer.

"Sport is a meritocracy. No one is given a pass. If you are in trouble, it can take years to get out of it. Australia could end up being the eighth or ninth best side in the world for a decade or so."

Radical law changes proposed by World Rugby

A host of revolutionary new laws are set to be introduced to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission when rugby returns.

The huge shake-up to the game, proposed by World Rugby's medical team, includes reset scrums being banned, as well as upright tackles.

Team huddles, which have been tradition for years as the captain barks out instructions, would also be outlawed in another radical change.

You can read about the changes in full here

The proposals will also see players required to change kit and headgear at half-time and ordered to wash their hands and face with soap for 20 seconds before kick-off and then during the interval.

The key recommendations have been put forward in a report compiled by World Rugby, which will be voted upon by their executive committee this week.