"No brainer" - Joe Marler calls for serious format change to Six Nations - Ruck

“No brainer” – Joe Marler calls for serious format change to Six Nations

Joe Marler has echoed the opinion of former England teammate Ben Youngs that the Six Nations needs a major format reshaping.

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Un an exclusive chat with Jim Hamilton on The Big Jim Show podcast, Youngs didn’t mince words.

Traditionally, the Six Nations has been a grueling seven-week affair, with each team locked in a round-robin showdown against their five rivals.

But Youngs, the most capped player in England’s illustrious history, is adamant: it’s time for a change.

“The Six Nations shouldn’t drag on for eight weeks. Let’s trim it down to five, pack it with action, and give players a breather afterwards,” he declared.

“With a tighter schedule, you’d see better ratings and a lot more nail-biting drama.”

Marler agrees with Youngs, saying: “It should be five weeks as well” when acknowledging Martin Bayfield’s article on Six Nations coverage.

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