Georgia Rugby Coach Wants Team To Join Revamped Six Nations
Georgia national rugby team coach Milton Haig "hopes a spot in a revamped Six Nations is the next step for his adopted nation," according to Michael Pearlman of the BBC. A few years ago, that "might have seemed a fanciful suggestion," but Georgia, in 12th, is "now a place ahead of Italy in the World Rugby rankings." Haig said, "The Six Nations is what we need. We have talked about it for three years, it is what we need to improve our game. But also geographically, it is the place we naturally fit. So we are just hoping to get that opportunity one day and I know the new CEO of the RFU [Steve Brown] has said they want to be open-minded which is absolutely fantastic." Haig believes Georgia is "going the right way" to securing a place in the competition. He said, "I am not sure on the logistics, it depends on the six partners already involved, but you could imagine it would be part of an expansion to the Six Nations, rather than promotion and relegation" (BBC, 11/14).