"More cheapening" - Fans upset as Six Nations scrap another tradition to 'modernise' - Ruck

“More cheapening” – Fans upset as Six Nations scrap another tradition to ‘modernise’

Fans were left scratching their heads over the weekend, pondering why Scotland was decked out in blue while France opted for white on the rugby field.

The mystery has been unveiled, revealing that the Six Nations has bid farewell to a long-standing tradition. No longer will home teams be obligated to wear their alternate jerseys when faced with kit clashes during this year’s championship.

This practice harks back to rugby’s amateur days, when the home team typically had spare shirts on hand while the visiting team was treated as guests. This tradition still holds sway in grassroots rugby today.

According to The Telegraph, the decision to overhaul this tradition was spearheaded by the Six Nations committee, possibly influenced by CVC Capital Partners, who hold a significant stake in the championship.

Executives are of the opinion that home advantage should be fully leveraged, including teams donning their primary kits. “It’s a modernizing move,” a source revealed.

Here’s what social media had to say:

One fan wrote: “To modernise they should expand to 8 teams with 2 pools of 4 and a grand final. Let other European teams in.”

A second said: “Sounds very modern,”

Another committed: “More cheapening and stripping away, the names on the back are already humiliating enough.

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Highest-paid rugby players:

Breaking records and raising eyebrows, these players are leading the charge in the financial stakes of rugby union. Here’s the rundown of the top earners in the game according to The Scotsman:

Siya Kolisi – £850,000

The South African skipper boasts an impressive resume with two Rugby World Cup triumphs and a commendable third-place finish. At French powerhouse Racing 92, Kolisi has been commanding a salary of £850,000, but with the recent arrival of Owen Farrell, he might be eyeing a bump in his paycheck.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa during the Test Match between New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on August 25th 2023. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Faf De Klerk – £900,000

De Klerk, another key figure in South Africa’s World Cup-winning squad, has made his mark in Japan. Playing for the Yokohama Canon Eagles, he’s banking a cool £900,000 annually, showcasing the global appeal of rugby’s top talents.

Faf de Klerk of Sale Sharks during the Gallagher Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks at Sandy Park on 6 March 2022. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK