The Springboks could be set to join the ‘Seven Nations’ very soon - Ruck

The Springboks could be set to join the ‘Seven Nations’ very soon

Sir Ian McGeechan is pushing for a magnificent seventh team to be welcomed into the hallowed halls of the Six Nations in the not-so-distant future.

While many voices in the rugby world clamor for the excitement of relegation battles, McGeechan is singing a different tune.

He’s waving the flag for inviting the reigning world champions to join the elite club, preserving the time-honoured closed shop format that fans have come to know and love.

This is particularly pertinent for nations like Portugal and Georgia, who left a lasting impression on rugby enthusiasts with their stellar performances in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“The obvious next step is for some sort of integrated season which sees the Springboks join the Six Nations to make it the Seven Nations,” wrote McGeechan.

“Financially it is in the interests of everyone, and it will also be beneficial in terms of raising standards for England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy.

“The example of the British and Irish Lions shows it also has the potential to be embraced by supporters as well, with fans travelling down to South Africa for a long weekend.

“I have to admit that I’m biased and that it’s a prospect which excites me. I love South African rugby, and think it brings so much to the game.

“I’d love to see those links grow stronger still, although I can imagine it’s not a prospect that will be greeted enthusiastically in Auckland and Sydney.”

Top 10 Fastest Rugby Players of All Time: Jonny May Makes the List

From electrifying sprints down the pitch to stunning tries, the sport has witnessed numerous rapid players who have left defenders trailing behind.

Although the idea of settling the debate about the fastest players with a head-to-head race is an exciting fantasy, the reality of retired athletes and different eras makes such a showdown unlikely.

Nevertheless, we can still explore the thrilling journey of discovering some of the speed demons who have graced the rugby field.

Note: Sevens players are not included in this list.

10. Jonny May – England – 10.71 seconds (100m)

England’s Jonny May isn’t just fast; he’s a force to be reckoned with. Clocking in at an impressive 10.71 seconds over 100 meters, May’s lightning speed has made him a formidable presence on the pitch. With an ever-growing prowess in finishing, May’s name often finds itself at the forefront of Eddie Jones’ team selections.

9. Cheslin Kolbe – South Africa – 10.70 seconds (100m)

Cheslin Kolbe’s speed is the stuff of legend. A product of South Africa’s rugby system, Kolbe blazed through school with a staggering 10.70-second 100-meter time. Today, he’s even faster, making him a nightmare for opposition defences.

8. Jonah Lomu – New Zealand – 10.70 seconds (100m)

Jonah Lomu wasn’t just a rugby player; he was a phenomenon. Despite his imposing stature, Lomu possessed the speed of a sprinter, clocking in at 10.70 seconds over 100 meters. His sheer power and pace redefined the winger position, leaving a lasting legacy in the annals of rugby history.

7. Doug Howlett – New Zealand – 10.68 seconds (100m)

Doug Howlett’s name is synonymous with speed. As a former All Black and Blues sensation, Howlett’s blistering pace, evidenced by his 10.68-second 100-meter dash, made him a nightmare for opposing defenses. Whether in international or Super Rugby arenas, Howlett’s speed was a weapon to be feared.

6. Jason Robinson – England – 10.68 seconds (100m)

Jason Robinson’s agility and pace were simply unparalleled. With the ability to leave defenders in his dust, Robinson’s electrifying runs often ended with him crossing the try line. A true dual-threat in both league and union, Robinson’s 10.68-second 100-meter time solidifies his place among rugby’s fastest.