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Author Topic: OT: Schalk Burger urges South Africa to swap Rugby Championship with Six Nations  (Read 380 times)

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RodneyRegis

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Yeah, the main one being that they are NFI.

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No thanks. SA can stay in the rugby championship.

Would rather see Georgia given a go in the 6N.

Fearless Fred

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No thanks. SA can stay in the rugby championship.

Would rather see Georgia given a go in the 6N.

I agree. Just because they haven't won it recently is no reason to up sticks & disrupt our competition. England went years when I was a lad not winning the 5Nations, Wales seemingly winning it most years.

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But timings wise it makes more sense for SA to play with the Europeans, being as they are in the same time zone. The big problem as I see it though is that the traditional seasons don't match up.

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But timings wise it makes more sense for SA to play with the Europeans, being as they are in the same time zone. The big problem as I see it though is that the traditional seasons don't match up.

That argument worked when it was the Tri-Nations. Now it includes Argentina, there's a much larger spread of time zones anyway.

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No thanks. SA can stay in the rugby championship.

Would rather see Georgia given a go in the 6N.

Me too.

I reckon that the country winning the European Nations Cup (or whatever it's called now) should have an annual pot at the team who came last in the previous edition of the Six Nations. To give the top "tier two" nations more exposure to the "tier one" teams is supposed to be a priority of World Rugby. They should factor it into the replanning of the international calendar.

BTW, credit to Scotland: they are playing Georgia home and away this year. 31 August in Tbilisi, the following week at Murrayfield. First "tier one" team to visit Georgia for a full test.

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No thanks. I'd also rather see Georgia or eventually Spain fighting it out with Italy for a place in the 6N.  SA are welcome to join the lower tier.  ;D

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Blooming cheek. Quite happy when Super 12 was the bees knees but now SA aren't doing so well he wants out. Doesn't seem to understand that I want doesn't always get, or that SA may not actually be all that welcome.

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I've always like the idea of a proper 2 tier "X Nations" - Tier 1 and Tier 2 with promotion and relegation, or at least a play-off. That would certainly allow Tier 2 national sides to have something to aim at, with a chance to expand and improve the game in their region. When Italy joined the 5 nations there was a lot of scoffing and the assumption that they would be perennial wooden spoon candidates, but they have taken some big scalps and improved hugely over the years.

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I think the problem here is 3 fold.

The Six nations doesn't need SA it is already a huge commercial success
The distance to be travelled would put a strain on players already, when they play and travel so much already.
lastly the 5N/6N is a European competition which is how it should stay. I think if SA were allowed in it would be at the detriment of other growing nations.

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I've always like the idea of a proper 2 tier "X Nations" - Tier 1 and Tier 2 with promotion and relegation, or at least a play-off. That would certainly allow Tier 2 national sides to have something to aim at, with a chance to expand and improve the game in their region. When Italy joined the 5 nations there was a lot of scoffing and the assumption that they would be perennial wooden spoon candidates, but they have taken some big scalps and improved hugely over the years.

We do have the two tiers of the European competition with the 6 Nations and the Rugby Europe Championship. If we do get promotion & relegation between the levels, I'd like it to be every other year. As things stand in both competitions, you either have 2 home/3 away or 3 home/2 away games in the competition. I'd like to see any promoted side have a chance to play all the top level teams both home d away before they are possibly relegated, if only so the fans have the chance to see their players in Twickenham, Millennium Stadium, Aviva, Muddyfield, Stadio Olympico, & Stade de France. Similarly, the team relegated for 2 years would allow the rest of the T2 teams/fans a chance to play at one of the major venues.

 

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