STAR LET­TER A pro­mo­tion plan for the Six Na­tions

Rugby World - - THE FANS’ VIEW -

I know this has been ar­gued to death but, hav­ing thought about it a bit in the pub (where else), I have a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion to the Six Na­tions rel­e­ga­tion/ pro­mo­tion de­bate. Per­son­ally I like the idea of a bi­en­nial play-off se­ries, per­haps done as part of the June/au­tumn Test win­dows.

There would be a max­i­mum of three games and a min­i­mum of one. If the same team loses (fin­ishes bot­tom of) the Six Na­tions two years in a row, they go into the play-off fi­nal; if two dif­fer­ent teams lose over the two years they play a semi-fi­nal and the loser goes into the fi­nal. If the same team wins the Rugby Europe Cham­pi­onship in both years, they go into the play-off fi­nal; if two dif­fer­ent teams have won it, they play a semi, with the win­ner go­ing to the fi­nal. And the win­ner of the fi­nal gets en­try into the Six Na­tions.

It’s a com­plex way of do­ing it, but it gives some se­cu­rity to Six Na­tions teams and means the REC cham­pi­ons need to prove their worth to get in. Iain Cardno, Glas­gow

RW says: It’s an in­ter­est­ing and pretty fair idea, but it could be hard to find the space in the cal­en­dar for these play-offs. Sum­mer and au­tumn Test fixtures are gen­er­ally planned years in ad­vance. plan is to cover the wall above his bed.

Stu­art Thorne, via email RW says: Good work!

Mouthy par­ents

I coach my lo­cal U12s side and am also a Level Two qual­i­fied ref­eree. My big­gest crit­i­cism is the bar­rack­ing refs re­ceive from the touch­line,

en­emy’. Per­haps I don’t un­der­stand mod­ern rugby. Will some­one tell me what I’m miss­ing?

Brian Green Bud­erim, Queens­land

RW says: There is now more em­pha­sis on the kick-chase and pres­suris­ing op­po­nents un­der the high ball.

Thin line Italy’s Edoardo Gori scores v Ro­ma­nia at RWC 2015 – but who should be in the Six Na­tions?

Iconic wall­pa­per We think Thorne ju­nior’s room looks great!

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