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Georgia seek Six Nations spot ahead of South Africa after beating Wales

22 Nov 2022 2 minute read
Georgia’s players celebrate. Picture by Joe Giddens / PA Wire.

There would be “a reaction” from Georgian Rugby if South Africa were to be given a spot in an expanded Six Nations before them, according to the President of the Georgian Rugby Union.

Georgia defeated Wales at the Principality Stadium by 13 points to 12 on Saturday in their second win over a ‘Tier 1’ nation this year, following a win against Italy at home.

Ioseb Tkemaladze said that they were not expecting a Six Nations call up any time soon but would be aggrieved if South Africa were to jump the queue ahead of them.

“If South Africa are invited instead of us, there will be a reaction,” he told the Telegraph newspaper.

He also added that he wouldn’t want Georgia’s inclusion to come at the expense of another team, such as Italy.

“If Italy were to be kicked out, Italian rugby decreases,” Tkemaladze said. “And one or two wins does not decide our future. We need to work and work – as a rugby community – to prove that we can do it.

“If the Six Nations were open to it, then we are ready. I know that they are looking at us but lots of steps need to be done from our side economically, physically, to show more stability.

“Australia, Wales, Italy, Argentina – Wales beat Argentina, Georgia [beat Wales] and all these were within five to 10 points. We have been playing in the Rugby Europe Championship for 14 years, finishing first. Fourteen years with some 100-0s, 80-0s, there is no competition.”

South Africa has previously told the southern hemisphere’s governing body they are exploring their option of joining the Six Nations after 2025.

The Springboks have been increasingly aligning themselves with the northern hemisphere, much of which is in the same TV time zone as them, in recent years with the Bulls, Sharks, Stormers and Lions all joining the United Rugby Championship.


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Riki
Riki
14 days ago

No! Not good enough. Shows exactly how far the Fall is for Welsh rugby Union. Our spot should be up for debate at this point.

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
14 days ago

Maybe Georgia could have our spot

Kathleen Walker
Kathleen Walker
14 days ago

Go join Russia, no SA or Georgia in Six Nations would not be safe places to visit!

Rob
Rob
14 days ago

Welsh football fans are out in Qatar by the thousands, and they will be out in Turkey, and Armenia for the 2024 qualifiers. So I’m pretty sure Welsh rugby fans could cope with a trip to Tbilisi every 2 years.
This is about promoting and expanding the sport of rugby internationally, its not about keeping it a closed shop just to suit your inconvenience.

Last edited 14 days ago by Rob
Rob
Rob
14 days ago

If FIFA’s problem is corruption, then rugby’s problem is elitism. The top tier nations have no interest in expanding the sport, instead keep everything as a closed shop. South Africa are better off in the Rugby Championship, whereas the Six Nations is a European Tournament. We need a promotion and relegation system to allow the likes of Georgia, Romania, or Portugal the opportunity to compete amongst the big stage.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
12 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Yes, a two-tier league with promotion and relegation.

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