Sergio Parisse, Sam Warburton, Rory Best, Dylan Hartley, Greg Laidlaw and Guilhem Guirado 27/1/2016

Outgoing World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset has called for the Six Nations to embrace a new system which would allow other nations to contest for European rugby’s biggest prize.

Lapasset will leave his post as chairman next month to focus on spearheading Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympics. He will be succeeded by Bill Beaumont, the current Six Nations chairman, and he feels European rugby’s premier tournament needs to embrace a promotion-relegation system to allow the likes of Georgia or Romania a chance to compete for the title.


“We need to change the format of the 6 Nations Championship,” Lapassetsaid in an interview with Le Figaro. “If it wants to look to the future, this competition should open up and embrace a promotion-relegation format. Either direct or via a play-off.”

Lapasset said in the interview the two things he is proudest of achieving during his tenure are the introduction of Sevens into the Olympics and the game’s expansion into “new frontiers” with Argentina now contending for the Rugby Championship and Japan’s win over South Africa a sign of the progress the tier two sides are making.