By Julien Sournies
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The rugby planet trembled for a moment. This Saturday, November 19, the Georgia accomplished a historic feat. Davit Niniashvili’s teammates managed to bring down the Wales (12-13), at home at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, for the first time in their history.
A symbolic victory for an entire nation, for an entire people. Because for many years already, an incessant debate feeds all the mouths. Should Georgia play or not play the 6 Nations Tournament in the future ? This debate arose when Italy joined the latter. Since its appearance in 2000 (previously 5 Nations Tournament, Ed), the Squadra Azzurra has never completed the competition beyond the 4e square. Flagrant proof, it seems, of a nation well below its competitors.
Georgia outrageously dominates the 6 Nations B Tournament
However, the recent performances of the partners ofAngel Capuozzo probably reshuffled the cards. Victorious over Wales in the previous 6 Nations Tournament (21-22), thanks to a crazy action by the Toulouse winger, the proteges of Kieran Crowley have also achieved a real feat during this autumn tour. In an Artemio-Franchi stadium in Florence committed to their cause, the Azzurri overcame Australia (28-27) for the first time in their history.
In view of its latest results, it is therefore difficult to imagine Italy on an ejection seat. But the “Lelos” could also deserve their place. In previous editions of the 6 Nations B Tournament, Georgia have always made short work of their opponents and clearly seem bored. As proof, his last setback in the competition dates back more than 5 years. It was by the narrowest of margins against Romania on March 19, 2017 (8-7).
Or, the development of a 7 Nations Tournament seems completely incongruous at the present time. Even if the president of the Georgian Rugby Federation (GRU) Ioseb Tkemaladze continues to hammer body and soul that his selection is “ready” to compete with the greatest nations of the Old Continent. “One or two victories will not decide our future, we still have work to do to prove that we too deserve to participate, claimed the latter in the columns of the Telegraph. “But if the Six Nations is open, we are ready. I know that we are expected and that we need to show more stability, especially from an economic point of view”.
South Africa also in the discussion
However, theSouth Africa could well and truly spoil the Georgian dreams. Last February, the Daily Mail Revealing a potential inclusion of the Springboks, to the detriment of Italy, in the 6 Nations Tournament by 2025. Even if the organizers of the competition had more or less silenced all the rumors about it, it is a scenario, which on paper, is far from improbable.
Since 2017, the South African provinces compete in URC (ex-Pro 14). And this year, the latter will even play the two European Cups. Therefore, imagining that the national team could establish itself on the Old Continent may only represent an abstract idea. Echoes that have also made teeth cringe Ioseb Tkemaladze who would consider himself aggrieved to see the world champions grilling their politeness. “If South Africa is invited instead of us, there will be a reaction from us,” he said.
In view of current trends, therefore, the discussions seem rather excluded, rightly or not, the selection commissioned by Levan Maisashvili in the race for the 6 Nations Tournament, giving greater priority to the integration of South Africa. Thus, Georgia will have to take its troubles patiently for some time yet…
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