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Georgia: Are rugby's Tier 1.5 nation ready for another step up?

I agree with Krip in the sense that the 6N should not start introducing qualifying rules. If Georgia are to be allowed in, then it should be called the 7N.

Rugby teams go through their ups and downs, and I know what ifs are incredibly blurry, however what if it is a qualifying tournament, who else wants a look in? 6 Nations WAS the 5N, which was England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France.... 5N WAS the home nations, which for the purpose of this argument is the England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland... It could even be argued that it might have been a good platform for the Barbarians to be formed off - seeing how the individuals in those nations performed etc (at a long reach anyway)... So sure it's grown, but it's never become a qualifying tournament...

Anyway, back to the what if's... if Georgia want in, what about other "tier 1.5" nations... Can any of the fans of the teams in the current 6N imagine if their team was not in the competition? 6N consisting of Poland, Georgia, Germany, Romania, USA and Canada (idk, I made it up..)... Calcutta cup will gather dust until Eng v Sco have a 'friendly'... the Celts as a group of teams will grow weary not being able to have a decent crack at the English... The French and the English won't be able to get their annual crunch...

I personally think the argument that it will grow rugby globally is a farce, I believe it will cause massive destruction and disruption. Perhaps it's good when Tier 1 nations get a shake up, however removing them from competitions is detrimental to their own continued development.

And then as I said, if it's not a qualifying tournament, who will be next to join? Georgia? Then Romania? Then who else? All of a sudden you'll have a effectively a European RWC...

I think some people are right in suggesting that Georgia and other nations have their own competition which the IRB can invest in and promote. Then who knows? Winners of 6N vs ___ or interim tours etc...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nick Frisby yellow carded for kicking ball out of tryscorer's hands

Didn't realise the first one was illegal :O

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Evolution of Rugby Jerseys over the years

Spidey senses are tingling...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Rugby Training Mistakes: That One Thing You're Missing

"You don't build big legs by bench pressing"....errr....correct? :/

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Evolution of Rugby Jerseys over the years

I still have cotton shorts...

I've remember playing for a team that was pushing polyester shorts, I refused and bought my own cotton in the same colour... It sounds daft, but having someone grab my shorts on our 22m line while I'm standing on the halfway line due to the stretch in the bloody things is ridiculous. Cotton is also better for binding in the scrums... I despise any props that wear stretchy polyester shorts!

As for the shirts, I don't mind new material so much - personally, the long sleeve cotton ones never did it for me at school, I'd always have my sleeves rolled up, so I snapped at the chance for a light weight short sleeve top! However, I don't like the collarless shirts that came in when they first went skin tight (like JW is wearing up there^^^)... I prefer a faux collar at the very least....

On the advertising front, I guess rugby is a business now, not a sport... money = better players, better players = more money... etc... one way to increase cash is to stick a bunch of sponsors on all your shirts - or shave them in your hair??!?...

I still maintain one of my most favoured shirts in pro rugby was the England centenary shirts that they wore on a couple(? or one?) occasions.. http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01961/englandkit4_1961433i.jpg

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Evolution of Rugby Jerseys over the years

Interesting, what happens if one got torn to pieces? I mean assume it will be the obvious that it's just "tough shit, borrow someone elses", but really?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Brazilian sports presenters find it hard to talk about Louis Picamoles

Hahahaa, now this is funny!

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Zee Ngwenya knocks out Leonardo Sarto and himself with brutal headclash 'tackle'

In his defence, I think he was fast asleep at the point of closing his arms.... but regardless it was an awful attempt...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Zee Ngwenya knocks out Leonardo Sarto and himself with brutal headclash 'tackle'

But what is the problem with Standers attack? Is it the timing? I don't think it's far off at all? The technique? Seemed fine, some players shy away so as not to get a ball to the face?

If Stander had dived and clattered into Lambie, would we have an issue? Is it the fact that Stander made contact with Lambie full stop?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

16 of the best tries from the June Internationals

I wonder if it's to do with a higher level of development which leads to play that is so tight it becomes rigid - as you said "too much structure"...

Take any top team that's going in to play NZ - they all know that any mistakes against NZ lead to points. Therefore "don't throw wild passes, make sure everything goes to hand, run the set moves" etc etc... whereas the tier 2, emerging nations, and the U20's are still more free flowing and fluid and the lower nations particularly are still playing that grass roots style where they just play naturally, switch when they feel like a switch, loop, dummy etc, rather than perhaps working to a set playsheet.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago