- Feb 9, 2017
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South Africa in the Six Nations is not a great idea, but it makes sense from a money and time zone standpoint. Japan need to join the Rugby Championship, and Argentina need to join the Americas.
Samoa, Tonga and Fiji need to join the Rugby Championship as well.
Countries should focus on their regions for development. The Americas have professional leagues now and Argentina should do what they can to make these leagues work. There is a lot of money to be made from a tournament with a strong USA for them. The Six Nations need to open up their minds to the rest of Europe. I'm not saying pro/rel as that would only lead to the relegated team being made bankrupt in a short time, but rather they need to develop the ENC. A strong Europe in the future will lead to more money making opportunities and their investments will be rewarded.
South Africa have the hardest task as they are by far and away the best team on the continent.
When a tier 1 team goes to play South Africa, they should play Namibia as a 'warm-up' game. When going to Argentina, play against Uruguay. When playing New Zealand, play a test with one of the PIs. It wouldn't hurt the tier 1 team as they are always going to win those matches while giving those tier 2 sides exposure to the top level outside of a World Cup.
Opening the Six Nations is not the answer and the way to stop those calls for pro/rel (which is surely the only realistic option, not expansion), then they need to open their eyes and look at what they can do to help the developing nations get to a level where they are at least competitive.