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Northampton and England hooker Dylan Hartley has retired from professional rugby after failing to recover from a long-standing knee injury.
Good riddance to the thug
 
Japan could be on the brink of an offer to join the Six Nations European rugby tournament, according to an English news report.

Mail Online reported that Japan could "receive a shock invitation" after successfully hosting the Rugby World Cup.

The report - by respected Daily Mail sports columnist Martin Samuel - claimed the idea had "been floated in private after it emerged that the Rugby Championship — the Southern Hemisphere equivalent — were dithering about including the fast emerging Japanese and were proposing a delay of four or five years before sanctioning their involvement."

While no formal talks had been held, the Daily Mail said World Rugby were aware " key figures within the Six Nations organisation have expressed an interest in creating a tournament that stretches 6000 miles to the Far East".

 

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Japan could be on the brink of an offer to join the Six Nations European rugby tournament, according to an English news report.

Mail Online reported that Japan could "receive a shock invitation" after successfully hosting the Rugby World Cup.

The report - by respected Daily Mail sports columnist Martin Samuel - claimed the idea had "been floated in private after it emerged that the Rugby Championship — the Southern Hemisphere equivalent — were dithering about including the fast emerging Japanese and were proposing a delay of four or five years before sanctioning their involvement."

While no formal talks had been held, the Daily Mail said World Rugby were aware " key figures within the Six Nations organisation have expressed an interest in creating a tournament that stretches 6000 miles to the Far East".

Logistically & geographicaly would it not make more sence to play in a SH tournament?Especially as half their players are from the SH?
 
While no formal talks had been held, the Daily Mail said World Rugby were aware " key figures within the Six Nations organisation have expressed an interest in creating a tournament that stretches 6000 miles to the Far East".
How the F.....heck are teams supposed to play away to Japan one week and home to another team a week later.
If they then say you need at least 2 weeks between away matches to Japan, that will extend the 6/7 Nations into Euorpean cup competitions. Or maybe Japan just come on tour for 2 months and play all their games away from home.
The whole international money grabbing rugby world needs a kick up the ARRSE!
I'm all for helping the tier 2 nations, but not at the expence of the clubs.
 
How the F.....heck are teams supposed to play away to Japan one week and home to another team a week later.
If they then say you need at least 2 weeks between away matches to Japan, that will extend the 6/7 Nations into Euorpean cup competitions. Or maybe Japan just come on tour for 2 months and play all their games away from home.
The whole international money grabbing rugby world needs a kick up the ARRSE!
I'm all for helping the tier 2 nations, but not at the expence of the clubs.
Just had a look at flight times

Tokyo to London. 12hrs
Tokyo to Buenos Aires 23 hrs
Tokyo to J’burg 19 hrs
Tokyo to Aukland 11hrs
Tokyo to Sydney 9:40hrs
 

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Japan could be on the brink of an offer to join the Six Nations European rugby tournament, according to an English news report.

Mail Online reported that Japan could "receive a shock invitation" after successfully hosting the Rugby World Cup.

The report - by respected Daily Mail sports columnist Martin Samuel - claimed the idea had "been floated in private after it emerged that the Rugby Championship — the Southern Hemisphere equivalent — were dithering about including the fast emerging Japanese and were proposing a delay of four or five years before sanctioning their involvement."

While no formal talks had been held, the Daily Mail said World Rugby were aware " key figures within the Six Nations organisation have expressed an interest in creating a tournament that stretches 6000 miles to the Far East".

That'd be Ireland and Scotland's chances fùcked then in the all new 7 Nations
 
Just had a look at flight times

Tokyo to London. 12hrs
Tokyo to Buenos Aires 23 hrs
Tokyo to J’burg 19 hrs
Tokyo to Aukland 11hrs
Tokyo to Sydney 9:40hrs
7 nations.
So there'll always be a 'bye' side.
Japan flies west, plays 3 nations, flies home, then the other 3 nations fly in to play them. Either before or after their 'bye' weekend. (which way is jetlag worse?)
Easy.
Super Rugby often sees chaps fly from NZ/OZ to SA or ARg and play the next week.
 

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Strange mix of silence and boos from the shed as Salarycens took the field today. Has anybody heard from the guru since the good news broke?
He still in denial that Saracens ever got where they did by buying up all the available talent for a small fortune
 
Strange mix of silence and boos from the shed as Salarycens took the field today. Has anybody heard from the guru since the good news broke?
Still in Japan arguing with the ref I think.
I doubt he'll be able to post much anymore, what with the pay cut he has just received.
 

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I wouldn't bother with the Edinburgh game from last night, it was freezing and crap.
At least they are winning this year compared to the weegies.
 

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