New teams would ruin Six Nations, says Eddie Jones

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Fiji were also reported earlier this month by British media to be pushing to joining the Six Nations. They joined the competition ahead of the 2017/18 season. Jones said, using the expansion of Super Rugby from 12 teams to its current number of 15 as a cautionary tale.

A move to the Northern hemisphere has been mooted for some time and has the backing of several prominent figures within South African rugby including Schalk Burger and Schalk Brits.

A move by South Africa to the Six Nations would, in the short-term at least, significantly increase the competition's commercial value and significantly reduce the commercial value of the Rugby Championship.

As part of proposals to join Europe's elite, RSA would reportedly make a capital investment in the Six Nations, adding their name to the existing list of tournament shareholders, which includes the rugby unions of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France, and Italy.

"I can only talk from experience".

SANZAAR, the body that governs the Rugby Championship and Super Rugby, did not want to comment when contacted by the Herald.

And they are again set to be without Saracens wing or full-back Liam Williams, who has not played since suffering an ankle injury during World Cup semi-final week last October.

"To come up here and do that after we got a bit of a kick in the guts against France is one of the most satisfying wins we've had".

"When the Six Nations has discussed moving to a six week schedule for the tournament there were concerns about player welfare, and Scotland were concerned about not having the strength in depth to be able to get a team through the intensity of that kind of six week window".

Eddie Jones further added that the history of the sides competing in Six Nations 2020 makes it more special.

The top European countries feared the potential economic impact of relegation from the league.

Jones, quite rightly, points out that the travel and jetlag across the bottom of the world is arduous for South African teams compared to a trip north where they are operating in virtually the same time zones.

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