"By 2025" - Six Nations statement: Springboks inclusion - Ruck

“By 2025” – Six Nations statement: Springboks inclusion

The CEO of Six Nations, Ben Morel, firmly denies any plans to expand the championship or modify its participants by including the Springboks.

South Africa’s four franchises – the Stormers, Sharks, Bulls, and Lions – have successfully transitioned to club competitions in the northern hemisphere.

Speculation has arisen about the Springboks eventually joining the Six Nations by 2025 following their successful integration into the URC and European cup competitions.

However, Morel asserts that these rumors are false and confirms that there have been no discussions regarding the Boks’ participation in the Six Nations.

“There is no conversation about expanding the Six Nations right now, the entire focus is on finding the right solution and improvements to the July and November windows and finding a more competitive narrative for those fixtures,” Morel told the Telegraph.

“Our whole energy of the Six Nations is focused on that. So there’s no conversation regarding anything else. There never has been.

“I can understand that dynamic, but the players in the club game in South Africa needed a competition to play in, which has been an issue on their side.

“There has obviously been some interest, but we are not engaging in any of those conversations.”

Fans rank the 5 most overrated rugby players of the professional era

#5. George North (Wales)

One fan wrote: “He had a few good years between 2011-2013 and then he has died down. Hasn’t looked good as the commentary teams make him out to be.”

Another commented: “George bloody North!”

A third said: “I think it’s important to separate the player he was back in 2013, with the player he became once injury and loss of form hit. Definitely overrated though, but I think that’s the media’s fault.”

George North of Wales goes over for a try during the summer international match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on Saturday 17 Aug 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK