Scots to meet World Cup conquerors Japan in eight nation tournament

LONDON (AFP) – Scotland will get the chance to avenge their defeat by 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts Japan when the Six Nations countries along with the Japanese and crowd-pleasing Fiji compete in an eight nation tournament from November 14 to December 5, British media reported yesterday.

The final matches of the Six Nations – Italy vs Ireland and the full round of final games which were postponed due to the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic in March – will be played on October 24 and 31, according to a proposed plan by World Rugby.

The usual tours by southern hemisphere heavyweights to the northern hemisphere will not take place as the Rugby Championship is likely to take place after the Six Nations finishes.

The Six Nations and Championship dates are due to be voted on by World Rugby Council tomorrow.

The eight nation tournament in Europe will be divided into two pools of four teams.

According to the reports, England will face Wales, Ireland and Fiji in one group, with the latter two fixtures at Twickenham and the venue of the first game still to be decided.

Wales are believed to want to play their autumn Tests in London. In the other pool, Scotland will host Japan and France at Murrayfield and face Italy in Rome.

The matches will be played over four consecutive weekends with finals day on December 5, when the winner of Pool A would face the winner of Pool B, second in Pool A would meet second in Pool B, and third playing third and fourth against fourth.

Official confirmation of the schedule and the venues is expected in August.