World Rugby’s vice chairman, Agustin Pichot, would like to introduce Georgia into the Six Nations Championship.
The former Argentine scrum half feels the Six Nations format needs to change and promotion and relegation is the way to do that, along with introducing new teams like Georgia. Speaking to Sportsmail, Pichot feels second tier nations need this sort of inclusion to help them grow
“I’m sure it will touch a lot of nerves but I would urge the Six Nations to give other countries a chance,
“They don’t want a threat to the status quo. It’s been the same for years.
“We now have more fixtures for tier-two nations but that’s not enough. It would be great to have promotion and relegation. If we don’t challenge the status quo then rugby won’t grow and it will be stuck in Anglo-Saxon ways.
“I would urge John Feehan to visit Georgia, but it’s not just about paying lip service to tick the box. They need to give it serious thought. Bill Beaumount would support it, too. Maybe I won’t be here in three years, but I will keep pushing.”
Furthermore, Pichot believes it’s wrong that the Six Nations is it’s own entity with nothing to do with World Rugby and feels this should be reformed.
“I don’t know how they created their own entity with no attachment to World Rugby,
“There needs to be more working together to take care of the global game. There are not just 10 teams in the world: the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship nations. It’s not right.
“It would be the best thing for rugby for countries like Georgia to have a chance.
“World Rugby will support them. The Six Nations are very conservative. It was a very similar situation with Argentina.
“Nations need to realise that we must grow the game.”
The vice chairman makes some valid points on the development of teams and he is no stranger to the introduction of new concepts in world rugby having been one of the architects of bringing Argentina into the then, Tri Nations.