Last year’s Six Nations was won before the final round. And so it really put the case forward for adding bonus points to the series. As you know, that has since happened. Another thought struck me, though. It’s a simple proposal. Tell me what you think.
- The winner of next year’s Rugby Europe Championship is promoted to a new “Seven Nations” tournament.
- Teams will then play three home and three away matches in the Seven Nations tournament, thereby making it more balanced.
- The bottom-placed team in this new Seven Nations will have to play a play-off against the European Championship winner, maybe over two legs or maybe one leg in a neutral place, e.g., Twickenham; if the 7th placer wins, they stay up, if they lose, they go down and are replaced by the European Championship winner.
What are the advantages of this?
- There’s even more to play for in the Seven Nations as relegation becomes a factor.
- There’s even more to play for in the European Championship as promotion becomes a factor.
- It gives the smaller nations a chance to break into the big-time and thereby develop Rugby in those countries by playing against the top European sides.
- Teams do not automatically go up/down, and so we don’t have yo-yoing. Particularly, relegation is often seen an effective punishment for Italy — or would be for Georgia in an expanded Seven Nations format. The play-off means that the bottom team, probably now Georgia, will have to prove they are better than the Euro champ. Furthermore, Italy are unlikely to finish seventh any time soon, and thus are unlikely to be relegated.
Honestly, I think this, along with the new Bonus Points system, would mean perfection for Europe’s/the Northern Hemisphere’s premier tournament.
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I wrote this post on the 19th March 2016. Never got round to posting it! But glad to see I was right. I post it now for interest’s sake — and to clear the massive amount of post “drafts” I have pending!
I reckon it’s time for the Six Nations to introduce bonus points. This year  was first ever when the winner (swing low, sweet chhariot! ;-D) won before last round of fixtures. Although I’m surprised that hasn’t happened before; with only four or five nations, it’s easy to see how things can go to the last round, but the more teams then the less chance of this happening. Maybe the tournament needs freshening up.
Bear in mind that, under a Bonus Point system, it is technically possible for the team that wins a grand slam to not win the championship:
Team A: 5 wins x 4 points = 20 pts
Team B: 4 wins with bonus point = 20 pts, and Bonus Points for tries scored and losing by less than seven = 2 = 22pts!
Unlikely, but mathematically possible. Maybe they can fix that with some kind of bonus points per team beaten.
[Note, they have brought in BPs and said that anyone completing the Gram Slam will get additional Bonus Points]
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I’m a real language-lover. Therefore, I’ve always wanted to be fluent in several languages. Unfortunately, aged thirty and after many, many false starts, I’m still only fluent in English! But hitting thirty made me determined that I will achieve my life goals — including fluency in several languages.
To keep my language learning on track, I’ve been doing regular updates. Read all my Project Polyglot Parry posts here.
I’m very proud to say that I completed the English>Swedish tree in Duolingo on 29/10/16! 😀 They even gave me this handsome (virtual) trophy!
My next goal is to complete the Duolingo English for Spanish speakers course. At my current rate of two-three sessions a day, I reckon I can finish the new tree by the end of March. And after that, I want to get to the maximum level possible on Duolingo in Spanish and Swedish: level 25 (that’ll take a while, though).
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