Six Nations set to invite seventh country to the competition – and it’s not Georgia

According to the Mail Online, Japan could be set to receive a shock invitation to join the Six Nations, following their success as hosts of the Rugby World Cup.

According to the Mail Online, Japan could be set to receive a shock invitation to join the Six Nations, following their success as hosts of the Rugby World Cup.

The idea has been floated in private after it emerged that the Rugby Championship has been slow with any approach to have them join the Southern Hemisphere competition.

No meetings have taken place but World Rugby are aware that, given the growing popularity of rugby in Japan, key figures within the Six Nations organisation have expressed an interest.

Recently, there has been talk of widening the competition to Georgia, perhaps at Italy’s expense, although again there has never been a formal proposal.

Sir Clive Woodward is among the advocates of promotion and relegation in a bid to raise standards.

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