The Coventry Building Society Arena has been highlighted as a potential venue by a rugby legend to host Wales’ Six Nations games.

Covid restriction across the border means fans will currently not be able to attend games as Wales bid to retain their title won in 2021, reports Wales Online.

Sir Ian McGeechan believes they should look across to England to host games – and cited the ‘Ricoh Arena’ (which became the Coventry Building Society Arena last year) as well as Newcastle United’s St James’ Park as two possible venues for Wales and Scotland to play their home fixtures in this year’s tournament.

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The former British and Irish Lions coach’s comments came following reports of contingency plans being drawn up to stage matches behind closed doors, as there is no postponement option for the annual tournament between England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy.

Another consideration being discussed by WRU bosses, according to reports, is moving games to Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium.

The Welsh Government is currently standing firm on its stance that supporters cannot attend games at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, which will be another heavy financial blow the WRU with three home games scheduled this year.

McGeechan, who coached Wasps for four years from 2004 to 2009 when they were still based in London, believes decision makes at the top level of the sport in Wales should explore the option of moving games to England.

Writing for the Telegraph, he stated his belief that 32,600-plus capacity stadium in Coventry would be a preferable option to playing in Wales, before no fans.

He wrote: “The possibility of moving matches to English venues is certainly intriguing.

“For Scotland, where the maximum capacity at outdoor games is 500, and Wales, where no fans are allowed, the possibility of playing at St James’ Park or the Ricoh Arena would surely be preferable.

“And there are currently no legal restrictions preventing fans from crossing the border.

“It would require sign-off by the respective governments. And it is difficult to see how the Scottish government, in particular, would allow it given it recently tried to stop families crossing the border to celebrate New Year’s Eve. But it is worth a conversation.

“I would like to see the Six Nations exhaust all possibilities first, to allow as many fans as possible to attend. Crowds are what give games energy.

“The possibility must surely be explored, at least for Wales and Scotland. As a player, given the choice of playing in an empty stadium at Murrayfield or a full house of Scots just over the border, I know which I would have chosen.”

However, the plan does have some complications as when Wales are due to tackle Scotland on February 12, Wasps are taking on Bath in the Gallagher Premiership.

There are no fixture clashes with Coventry City Football Club, but the agreement reached to see their return to the stadium last year after two seasons playing their home games in Birmingham did specify a preference that rugby is played AFTER football on a weekend when both Wasps and the Sky Blues have home games.

This might present a stumbling block for Wales v France on Friday, March 11, which comes a day before Coventry City’s home game against Sheffield United.

The Coventry Building Society Arena was chosen as a host venue for the postponed 2021 Rugby League World Cup with champions Australia due to tackle Scotland while Rugby Sevens matches are due to be played there later this year in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Judo and Wrestling will also take place in the arena.

In April 2019, the Arena was chosen as the neutral venue for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final between Saracens and Munster, and in March 2018, both the England U20 men’s side and the senior women’s side tackled Ireland there in their respective Six Nations encounters.

The stadium also has a history of staging international football, including the 2012 Olympic Games and England U21 encounters.

In the past, it has also hosted Davis Cup tennis, as well as more recent top level snooker and darts tournaments.

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