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Gorgodze is class and would find a place in any of the current six nations squads, if not starting XV. I can't remember the other players names but there are definitely a few kicking about.
There is SO MUCH to lose for the six nations under this kind of system and the tournament dynamic would spoil everything. The tourism sector in Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Paris or Rome would take a hit depending on the relegated team. Romania was rejected entry to the 6N in the 90's for the same reason as Georgia would now. Too few Western European tourists want to go to Tbilisi or Bucharest + they just don't deserve to enter the competition to the inevitable peril of one of the current teams.
If the 6 Nations is changed to the format your suggesting in my lifetime, I will eat my shoes.
1 Week, 1 Day ago
Did you know that the first ever rugby international was played between Scotland and England in Edinburgh in 1871? That's 47 years before Georgia declared independence from Russia (pre Soviet era). Just to put that "history" into context for you.
Here's an idea: TERNARY CUP (or what every you'd want to call it). A three way international competition played every year between Romania, Georgia and Russia. The 6 Nations does not need to end for international rugby to flourish elsewhere.
I must say, using the example of Argentina's joining the tri nations is really naive. They allowed one nation to join three, not the creation of a new relegation/promotion two tiered group league. Also, Argentina was producing considerably more world class players than the likes of Georgia, Romania or Russia combined.
1 Week, 2 Days ago
Pipe down Pipo,
Yes there is a whole world out there of some really admirable rugby nations, which is why we have the WORLD cup. Rugby Union is clearly growing across the globe nicely, but just because an Eastern European nation like Georgia is having crowds of over 50,000 spectators turning up to support their national team, doesn't mean we should completely restructure what is arguably the best annual international rugby competition. So your saying the global rugby community would rather see Georgia Vs England, than France Vs England on the opening weekend? Because France finished at the foot of the 2013 table....
Have a think and get back to me please.
1 Week, 3 Days ago
Have to disagree Juggernauter. I see your point that they deserve better opportunities, but the thought of having a two tier promo and relegation system in the 6 nations is against everything the tournament has traditionally stood for. For example, the Scots have played a key role in its formation for over a century and it would spell the end of professional rugby in Scotland if they suddenly had to battle it out with teams like that. One of the most endearing features of the 6N is that each nation stands tall year after year, consistently having a crack at each other in 6 of the finest European cities.
My suggestion would be to set up another tournament and brand it completely me differently to the 6N, then back it with as much IRB led commercial support as possible. These kind of suggesstions are actually very disrespectful to struggling home nation supporters, currently Scotland more than any others.
1 Week, 3 Days ago
Congratulations Scotland, hopefully some green shoots in what is to be a new and successful era for one of the IRB's most traditionally respected rugby nations.
It must be said, had Weir's drop goal attempt sailed wide, the mood within Scottish rugby would have continued along that gloomy level.
Supposedly Scot Johnson's main goal is to develop better strength and depth within the squad, for Cotter for then come in and strategically and consistently select the best performers. This is the only explanation to his bizarre team selection style just now.
1 Week, 4 Days ago
Nice try troll ????
2 Months, 2 Days ago
Not one Scottish interview. CRAP MEDIA.
5 Months, 1 Week ago
Yellow card them both. Damien Traille- you dick head.
6 Months, 2 Weeks ago
I know! Gray to start!
8 Months, 4 Weeks ago
Richie Gray has to start! He has been immense.
8 Months, 4 Weeks ago