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World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot wants to see Georgia in the Six Nations.
Georgia should be allowed into the Six Nations for the good of the game Pichot has told Sportsmail. The legendary scrumhalf, who got Argentina in the Rugby Championship, wants the Six Nations to adopt promotion and relegation.
‘I’m sure it will touch a lot of nerves but I would urge the Six Nations to give other countries a chance,’ said the former Pumas captain.
‘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.’
Pichot is not happy with how the Six Nations are a separate entity to World Rugby, able to govern themselves.
‘I don’t know how they created their own entity with no attachment to World Rugby,’ said Pichot, who wants reform.
‘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.’