Georgia are reportedly in talks to join the the so-called Eight Nations tournament this autumn following Japan’s withdrawal.
They have won the Rugby Europe Championship in eight of the last nine seasons and they currently sit above Italy in the World Rugby rankings.
Members unions of the Six Nations plus Japan and Fiji were set to form the teams for the competition, which is set to run between November and December.
But the JRFU have faced a number of dilemmas in recent weeks after the country’s government reintroduced travel restrictions in light of a spike in COVID-19 cases last month.
That has affected many of the team’s coaches who are based overseas from joining up with the squad to prepare to the Eight Nations, and led to the JRFU pulling out according to Kyodo News
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6 players who could have played for other countries but didn’t
Here are five of the biggest stars who could have played for England, but didn’t.
1. James Haskell – Wales
The hulking England forward opened up about his Welsh heritage to BBC Wales. He said: “I’m actually half Welsh, and I’m fully Welsh qualified, so I could have quite happily played for Wales,”