Rugby A Game For Gentlemen


#441

That was fun! I only caught the second half though, but it was really tense!


#442

Was very entertaining, can’t say I was entirely neutral but I enjoyed that.


#443

Well Scotland scraped home but what about Italy lost big time again. I would like to see them play Georgia or even Romania to see who is the better team. I think they would be hard pressed to beat either team.


#444

Prolly right Dave, but Italy has a certain glamour and a reasonable amount of money compared to ex Soviet Bloc countries. I know it shouldn’t be about that, but it is unfortunately.

@ICHM, what European country do you think would be more competitive, and be a good fit, in the 6 nations?


#445

Unfortunately Italy do not seem to play either team. Yes Italy are more glamour but they do not seem to threaten the mainstream teams. Maybe a B league consisting of Italy Georgia Romania Spain and Germany or Russia.


#446

The problem is; no Italy isn’t competitive but, without regular competition at this level it’s never likely to be.


#447

Correct. But how long has it been now?


#448

I just noticed it’s been 18 years and they have been wooden spooners for 12 of those 18.


#449

I reckon a B league to qualify for the sixth place might make sense, although when will it take place? You don’t want the players to be out of international leagues for another month


#450

Could you run it at the same time as the 6 Nations to qualify for the following year? Then have the team that comes last each year having to requalify the following year.


#451

That could work :+1:


#452

I agree, would give some much needed exposure to the other nations and probably be an entertaining series in it’s own right.


#453

And perhaps more importantly, valuable practice.


#454

Georgia.

But if you go outside Europe, Fiji.


#455

Or Argentina


#456

They are already part of the rugby championship with NZ etc…

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga need something like being included into a 6 nations style tournament.

A lot of the ‘up and coming’ countries are really 7s based. Georgia is by far the most advanced 15s side in Europe. Russia will get there, but in 10 years time.


#457

Maybe there could be a similar second stream tournament to feed the southern hemisphere competition?


#458

The top tier nations would have to fund it.
When Samoa were here in the Autumn I don’t think any of the players were paid and they couldn’t afford the hotel bills.
i am not sure how many of the top tier have funds sloshing about (apart from England and maybe NZ).
Even the recent South Africa v Wales game was after the properly sanctioned Autumn internationals and was only played as a money spinner as both Unions needed the money.


#459

I do wonder how long this having to play in Wales thing will last for the Welsh players and how long the WRU can support £400K salaries.


#460

Very sad news