Six Nations 2020: England Coach Eddie Jones Against Adding Teams To The Championship

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England rugby team coach Eddie Jones believes increasing the number of teams in the Six Nations would be a mistake. It would make the tournament 'meaningless'.

Written By Sujay Chakraborty | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Six Nations 2020 is currently underway. Widely considered as one of the premier rugby leagues in the world, there were reports that Rugby World Cup champions South Africa would also be included in the tournament in 2023 or 2024. Multiple reports in the UK suggested that the Springboks would exit the Rugby Championship (Southern Hemisphere tournament) and join the Northern Hemisphere tournament instead.

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Eddie Jones against Six Nations expansion

However, England rugby team coach Eddie Jones believes increasing the number of teams in the Six Nations tournament would be a mistake. Eddie Jones' side beat Scotland on Sunday in Six Nations 2020 to register their first win in the tournament. During a post-match media session, Eddie Jones admitted that adding another side to the Six Nations will have a negative effect on the tournament's culture and might even decrease the level of competition. 

Eddie Jones further added that the history of the sides competing in Six Nations 2020 makes it more special. Adding more sides to the prestigious tournament would make it 'meaningless' according to Eddie Jones. 

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Six Nations 2020: Eddie Jones on Scotland match

England, who were beaten by South Africa in the Rugby World Cup finals in 2019, are currently fourth in the Six Nations 2020 points table with a 1-1 (win-loss) record. Speaking on the level of competition in Six Nations 2020, Eddie Jones claimed that the tournament is more difficult than the World Cup and the physicality in games has gone up a notch. 

Week 3 of Six Nations 2020 will see England face Ireland while table-toppers France will face defending champions Wales. 

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