Japan set for invite to Six Nations as the sport looks to capitalise on the growing popularity following Rugby World Cup

5 Nov

Japan could be invited to join the Six Nations following their successful hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The sport continues to grow in popularity in Japan as the team goes from strength to strength.

They made it to the knockout stages of this year’s tournament – beating Ireland along the way – before losing to eventual champions South Africa.

Rugby’s popularity in Japan is growing
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The Southern Hemisphere equivalent to the Six Nations, the Rugby Championship, have been dithering on including Japan and there could be a five-year delay before they are involved.

The Daily Mail report that no formal discussions have taken place with World Rugby but key figures within the Six Nations have expressed an interest in expanding the tournament to include Japan.

Any agreement is unlikely to be reached in time for the next tournament, though.

There has been previous talk of expanding the competition to include Georgia or Russia, with Italy the nation likely to be axed.

Japan reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup
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Former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward is an advocate for a promotion and relegation format to keep standards high.

There is a great desire to capitalise on the popularity on the sport in Japan and their exciting brand of rugby would add an extra dimension to the Six Nations.

Both England and Wales have already got trips to Japan booked for next summer.

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