Despite the Six Nations bosses saying there will be no changes to the match format, South African rugby director, Rassie Erasmus, is keen to see the Springboks compete in the famed competition in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the second part of Erasmus’ interview with the British Daily mailThe former Bok head coach and now rugby director discusses his hopes the world champions will play at venues such as Murrayfield, Twickenham and the Aviva.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of the Six Nations,” he told the Mail.
“I love the atmospheres and their rich singing tradition.
“Speaking from the South African side of the fence, I’d love to see the Springboks in the Six Nations. The playstyle, travel and time zones would all suit South Africa.
“You could fly in on a Thursday night, play on a Saturday and fly back on Sunday. It would be easy. If we go to Australia or New Zealand, you wake up at 2 am and you don’t know what day it is.”
Erasmus goes on to say that his thoughts on the Boks’ entry into the Six Nations at this stage are only “hypothetical” as the national team has signed up to play in the Rugby Championship until 2025.
“Please make no mistake because I say the Rugby Championship is bad. I love New Zealand, I love Australia and I love Argentina. Gus Pichot is a legend.
“But right now, speaking as a South African, I think joining the Six Nations would be great.”
About the tradition that the competition in the northern hemisphere consists of six teams, Erasmus says: “Traditionally, the Six Nations consisted of five teams. If the six countries say it does not benefit them then that is great, we will continue as we are.”
Erasmus also discusses his future and a possible role in World Rugby and even the England team.
He also speaks about the challenges the game faces and the difficulties umpires face every time they step onto the field.