EURO SIX NATIONSsurely nows the time
Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:46 AM
week one in CARDIFF @ Cardiff city stadium
Scotland v Italy
Ireland v France
Wales v England
week two in Wigan @ DW stadium
France v Italy
Wales v Ireland
England v Scotland
week three in Limerick @ Thomond Park
Wales v Italy
Scotland v France
Ireland v England
week 4 in Huddersfield @ JS stadium
Scotland v Ireland
Wales v France
England v Italy
week 5 in France @ VENUE TO BE DECIDED
Scotland v Wales
Ireland v Italy
France v England
After a few years take games to Scotland and Italy as well rota games and venues round to keep fans hungry for games in there country.
Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:48 AM
All power in the game should be with governing bodies, especially international governing bodies.
Without these actions we will remain a minor sport internationally and nationally.
Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:24 AM
I agree while we all want some sort of state of origin series, the reality is we will probably never get any thing of that nature.
Why not build the six nations, we would have genuine rivalry between nations, a massive audience potentially, which could generate a lot of revenue and give players a chance of international rugby.
England would dominate to begin with you would think but that doesn't stop the rugby championship been interesting for union fans which is dominated by New Zealand.
If there were regular games you would think more players who don't think they will get a game for England would commit to other nations and have no problem staying with them, when the 4 nations or test series came around the team would simply be Great Britain to include the best players.
Wales are developing as are France so within a few years we could have 3 teams battling for the title and Ireland, Scotland and Italy have all looked good in the last couple of weeks.
Surely it would be better to have a tournament than not have one anyway?
Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:35 AM
Don't disagree with this. The question is when in the year would you have it take place and where in the international calendar would it sit?
For it to be a more balanced competition, I think it would need to be at the end of the season so that the NRL based players can be released to take part. The next question is where in the international calendar would it then fit in around the existing 4 Nations and the World Cup?
Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:46 AM
Start with a European 4 nations.
England, Wales, France + qualifier, space it 2 yeras between world cups and played at the end of the season.
Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:50 AM
We also need to include other RLEF nations (eg, Lebanon) if they're strong enough.
But whatever format we go with, we must stick with the things that've worked really well during this tournament (eg, having host cities bid for games etc).
Posted 31 October 2013 - 12:16 PM
I think a six nations every year would be better so it becomes an annual event, every two years makes the average man in the street forget about it or wonder why it's not on this year.
Six nations allows for more growth, more potential sponsors and fans and for more players to get a taste of international rugby.
Posted 31 October 2013 - 12:21 PM
In principle, I'd love this to happen - but I'd tip England to win every year.
You'd either need to include a development England side - which would probably still win every year - or not include England.
Replace them with Lebanon or Serbia or the winner of some qualifying tournament.
And, realistically, Italy (in particular) aren't going to be so strong if it's not the World Cup.