Has anyone else wondered if maybe it might be an idea for Rugby to copy Soccers idea and have a European Cup running during the two year interval from the World Cup? Basically when the Lions players are away on tour to the southern Hemisphere I think it might be an idea for the 6 Ntaions teams to each host a pool of 4 teams to let the developing european nations. If you took the World ranking or possibly the 6 Nations B and lower leagues as automatic qualifying youd have something like this: Pot A - 1 nation each onto pools 1-6, Each country to host 1 pool. Wales England Scotland Ireland France Italy Pot B - Highest 6 European nations on World rankings excluding host nations. Georgia - ranked 14 Russia - ranked 16 Romania - ranked 17 Spain - ranked 21 Portugal - ranked 22 Germany - ranked 26 Pot C - Nations below above Groups. Belgium - 28 Moldova - 29 Czeck Republic - 34 Poland - 36 Sweden - 39 Croatia - 44 Pot D - Nations below above Groups. Latvia 45 Holland 46 Switzerland 52 Lithuania 55 Denmark 59 Hungary 62 Basically you randomly select 1 nation from each Pot, and end up with something like this. Pool 1 England Germany Belgium Latvia Pool 2 Wales Russia Moldova Holland Pool 3 Italy Romania Czeck Switzerland Pool 4 Scotland Spain Poland Lithuania Pool 5 France Portugal Sweden Denmark Pool 6 Ireland Georgia Croatia Hungary I think this would give us something quite interesting while the Lions boys are away on tour and give the lower tier European nations a chance to have competitve rugby. Basically the Winner of each pool progresses and the best 2nd placed teams in 2 of the pools. What do you guys think?