Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the United States and 2018 has seen the introduction of a new professional league, Major League Rugby. Over the last few weeks, I've been busy editing an MLR highlights show for New York online Rugby TV show, Rugby Wrap Up. Watch the shows after the jump…Read More
Six Nations chiefs recently ruled out the introduction of relegation and promotion format to the worlds oldest international rugby tournament.
For all the talk of growing the game by World Rugby, the 8 founder unions of England, France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa seem to be afraid of losing control of the game and have continually held back the expansion into other countries , instead keeping the game as a cosy old boys club just for them.
In recent years, however, there have been moves by the founder Big 8 unions to move into the Amercian market.
Therefore, why don't the 6 Nations look to tap into the American market by adding USA & Canada to the tournament and make it 8 nations split into 2 pools of 4 with end of season grand final and relegation playoff with Rugby Europe (6 nations B). TV and sponsors would love it and this would open up the game to continental Europe and North America overnight. Sadly it won't happen as the game is run by officials with self-interest, who are afraid of change and losing control.Read More