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A common argumemt against this is that one of the 'established' teams could have an off season and be relegated. So what?! This is promotion AND relegation so if they perform badly and next season they perform well...they're back at the top table!Relegation is a great idea
Italy *are* improving. Perhaps not on the national level, but the foundations underneath are definitely solidifying.The two Pro14 teams better than ever (Treviso had a good run a few years back before finances derailed things). Which means the eejits in charge will probably get rid just as they are getting their house in order. :rolleyes:
Sounds good on paper. But in reality bad as Italy are which other European team would replace them and be any better?
Cant Georgia choose players from every former Soviet nation - that would put them on a par with the All Blacks (AKA The South Sea Island All Stars) :)
Relegation is a must. So what if it is Georgia and Italy up and down. At least they will try and stay up. Currently Italy are useless in 6 nations terms - give someone else a go if they want to grow world rugby. Beside somewhere else to travel.
Oh dear, wouldn't it be awful if Scotland got relegated, they probably would struggle to come back up
@31England last year had 2 wins and 3 defeats. Losing 2 away games against tier 1 nations and being beaten at home by Ireland is hardly 'staring down the barrel'. These things happen. It was a bad year. Italy haven't won a game in the tournament in over 4 years.
Needs doing - the main issue will be if we end up with a few years of Italy and Georgia alternating between the tiers. But, if it pushes the other t2 nations to improve then that can only be a good thing.
I like the idea of the 2 year cycle, where aggregate points a tallied after a home and an away game. This seems fairer to me. Whether you then institute a play of between T1/T2 for the right to stay in the premier comp is more complicated. That's loading the dice for the status quo
I do not believe in relegation. Every nation in the British Isles should be represented, after all it originated here.
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