Six Nations chief government Ben Morel continues to rule out relegation from the championship within the perception that Italy’s dismal file doesn’t threaten its credibility.
Italy have did not win a sport within the event since dispatching Scotland 22-19 in 2015 and have by no means completed increased than fourth, an achievement they final managed 9 years in the past.
A visit to favourites France on February 6 opens their marketing campaign and so they host one other sturdy title contender England seven days later, pointing to additional distress forward.
Georgia are strongest among the many growing nations urgent to affix Europe’s high desk, whereas South Africa are perennially linked with a change of hemispheres away from the Rugby Championship.
Morel is cautious over making any modifications to the format and, when requested about promotion and relegation, he replied: “It’s not on the present agenda however we perceive there must be a pathway for rising nations into elite rugby.
“The Italian outcomes have in all probability been, firstly, to not the satisfaction of the Italian crew themselves and the Italian federation.
“On the similar time they’ve younger expertise and are performing properly within the under-20s usually. There was some conversion to the senior crew.
“Their struggles are properly recognized and they’re a placing plenty of assets behind it. That is the yr after they have three away video games so we must be aware.
“However they’ve a younger, thrilling crew and so they know what they should do, in order that they have our full assist. I don’t consider there’s a query of credibility.”
Moderately than being admitted into the Six Nations, Morel believes that rising rugby nations can be higher served via significant fixtures in the summertime and autumn home windows which might be presently stuffed by excursions and friendlies.
Discussions are ongoing over the format for the brand new world calendar which is to be carried out after the 2023 World Cup, however Morel added that plans must be finalised by the summer time for that to change into a actuality.
“With a purpose to give a stronger pathway to rising nations, whoever they might be, I consider there may very well be some variations to the July and November home windows on a faster foundation that would give extra aggressive matches to these unions,” he stated.
“These video games can be correctly scheduled and happen regularly and would give them the expertise they should get them to that stage.
“We consider we are able to improve the sporting narrative and provides each sport a which means culminating in some kind of ultimate weekend with north versus south fixtures.”