Quote:I'm firmly of an opinion that there should be a playoff between the winner of the Rugby Europe Championship and the bottom placed team in the 6Nations
For years the NH has banged the drum for SANZAR to expand its international competition from Africa to South American to Oceania - now you want to close shop.Quote:I'm firmly of an opinion that there should be a playoff between the winner of the Rugby Europe Championship and the bottom placed team in the 6Nations
What about Japan, USA or Canada they are NH countries.
I hear good things about the improving structures in Italian rugby but it does take time, by appointing CoS they are showing good intent to get it sorted.....
As they are currently below Georgia in the world rankings I think something needs to happen as they are adding little to the tournament and I am not sure it is doing them any favours.
Lots of options:
1. Go back to being the 5 Nations.
2. Introduce a 2nd tier with promotion/relegation. This could even be done with a summer playoff between the bottom team in the top tier and top team in the 2nd tier.
3. Swap Italy for an All Star Euro XV team made up of the best players from Italy, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Portugal etc. Their home games could be played all over Europe to encourage more people across the continent to discover the joys of rugby.
4. Swap Italy for a South Pacific XV of European based players.