England could welcome seven countries for 'festival of rugby' - Ruck

England could welcome seven countries for ‘festival of rugby’

Rugby Football Union boss Bill Sweeney says a potential ‘Festival of Rugby’ involving the Six Nations alongside guest teams could be ‘quite good fun’

At this stage, the preference of all unions is to proceed with the matches which have already been organised, including England’s four-match campaign in November against New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Australia. 

However, with continuing uncertainty about the scheduled north versus south November Tests going ahead, officials are scrambling to prepare contingencies.

The eight-team tournament consists of Six Nations plus Japan and South Africa.

The event would involve two pools of four leading countries, with the possibility of round-robin fixtures and a final taking place at Twickenham.

More here  in Saturday’s Mail


Sir Ian McGeechan selects his 41-man Lions squad for 2021 tour

In a year’s time (coronavirus permitting) Warren Gatland will announce his squad for the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. 

Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan has selected the star studded squad he’d pick to take on the world champions.

Back-three (8)

Josh Adams, Andrew Conway, Elliot Daly, Stuart Hogg, Jordan Larmour, Jonny May, Anthony Watson, Liam Williams.

Centres (5)

Jonathan Davies, Robbie Henshaw, Sam Johnson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi