Georgia Respond To Six Nations Rejection With Plans For PRO12 Inclusion
Georgia are not taking a backseat.
Six Nations chief executive John Feehan today shot down any chance of Georgia joining the elite competition, stating there are no vacancies, ruling out any changes for at least 10-15 years.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Feehan said:
“It is a closed competition, owned and controlled by the six unions concerned. There is no vacancy. Right now we are perfectly happy that we have the six strongest teams in Europe in our competition.
“Are we closed to every scenario? No, but it takes a while to see a convincing argument — 10 or 15 years. We have to take a good, considered view about what is right for our six unions. They would all have to agree that this is what they want. At this stage, talk of bringing in other teams is premature.”
Georgia have now responded to the comments, stating they are determined to pursue inclusion in a high-level competition.
In a statement issued to The42 today, Georgia confirmed its intent to progress the sport in the country, by seeking inclusion in a club tournament such as the PRO12 or Super Rugby.
We can confirm that we plan to create a franchise to play in any high level competition like Pro12 or Super Rugby to continue growing our game in the country. We simply cannot depend on 6 nations’ ‘good will’ for next 10-15 years or so.”
Would you like to see a Georgian franchise in the PRO12 or even Super Rugby?